Reconciliation Action Plan

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The Women’s acknowledges and pays respect to the Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung peoples of the Kulin Nations, the Traditional Owners of the Country on which our sites at Parkville and Sandringham stand and we pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.

Sovereignty has never been ceded. It always was and always will be, Aboriginal land.

The Women’s is committed to improving health equity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, children and families, and we recognise the fundamental significance of cultural traditions, beliefs and connection to Country for the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

We acknowledge the importance of kinship and family structures as a cohesive force that binds Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and we recognise their cultures, community connection, and self-determination as critical protective factors for wellbeing.

The Women's vision for reconciliation is to provide healthcare that is culturally safe, free from racism, united by deep respect for First Nations people and their continuing connection to Country – from Birth to Dreaming.

Our Reconciliation Action Plan

A Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) provides a framework for organisations to be inclusive in their work and contribute to national reconciliation.

As a specialist hospital for women and babies, the Women’s has a unique and specific role to play in improving health and wellbeing outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and babies.

Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan 2020-2021

Our Reflect RAP, implemented between February 2020 and May 2021, helped guide us through the first steps of our reconciliation journey – building our cultural awareness, celebrating and learning more about the world’s oldest continuing culture, establishing relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations, and putting processes and structures in place to effectively govern our plan.

Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan 2021-2023

In the Women’s Innovate RAP, to be launched in May 2022, we seek to continue to listen, learn, strengthen relationships with communities and work together to improve the health, safety and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, babies, families, communities and staff.

Read about our Reconciliation artwork.

Aboriginal Advisory Committee

Our Aboriginal Advisory Committee provides a forum and space where the Women’s Board, management and staff can seek advice and guidance from members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community to promote reconciliation and to support and promote culturally safe practices across the hospital.

Members

  • Aunty Dr Carolyn Briggs, External Advisory Committee Member
  • Aunty Di Kerr, External Advisory Committee Member
  • Aunty Rieo Ellis, External Advisory Committee Member
  • Nayuka Gorrie, External Advisory Committee Member
  • Dr Paola Balla, External Advisory Committee Member
  • Dr Vicki Couzens, External Advisory Committee Member
  • Aunty Gina Bundle, the Women’s Program Coordinator Badjurr-Bulok Wilam
  • Lisa Lynch, the Women’s Chief Operating Officer – Chair
  • Michelle Schwensen, the Women’s Director Strategic Partnerships and Advocacy

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