Reconciliation Action Plan
In March 2018 PCA launched its first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). The Innovate RAP, which has been endorsed by Reconciliation Australia, lays out important steps which the organisation will be undertaking over the next two years to work towards reconciliation with Australia’s first peoples.
Our vision for reconciliation
Palliative Care Australia’s vision for reconciliation is for Australia to be connected and living well, with an embedded acknowledgement and respect for Australia’s first peoples.
We acknowledge that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures are particularly dynamic and diverse across Australia, both between different cultural traditions and also between urban and non-urban locations, and we understand the need to integrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander traditions, values and cultural practices, into both organisational policies and service delivery.
We believe that the place of dying and death is culturally and spiritually significant for many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and the need to ‘return to country’ is very important for many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at the end of their lives.
We recognise that all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Australia have a common heritage of loss, and that for an individual close to death and for their family and community, the impact of loss and grief is often compounded by earlier experiences.
We work alongside Australia’s peak health bodies to achieve health and life expectation equality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We hope that by 2030, any Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander born in Australia has the same opportunity to live a long and healthy life.
This RAP is a practical tool which will enable the organisation to make a contribution towards reconciliation in Australia. Our aim is to engage staff internally at PCA and through our Member Organisations, to develop a greater awareness and understanding of the culture and importance Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Most importantly, we consider our RAP as a vehicle to commit to specific business actions which will enable us to engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders, and ultimately to ensure culturally appropriate palliative care resources and services are available for all Australians.
This Innovate RAP is championed by Palliative Care Australia CEO Liz Callaghan, and has been prepared in consultation with our RAP working Group, which includes both clinical and corporate employees, as well as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander advocates and representatives.