Reconciliation

GPSA acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the traditional and current custodians of the land upon which we work. We respect that this land always was and always will be Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander land. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples sovereignty has never been ceded. We particularly acknowledge the Dja Dja Wurrung and the Taungurung Peoples of the Kulin Nation, the traditional owners of the lands where our head office is located. We pay our respect to Elders past and present, as well as all Aboriginal people who have fought, and continue to fight, for equality, self-determination, culture, Country and community

GPSA supports health equity for all Australians, and with this, a commitment to supporting national reconciliation.

GPSA recognises the role it has in encouraging and supporting its board, staff, and members to do all that they can to close the gap in life expectancy between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous people. GPSA recognises that a cornerstone of this is building cultural competence and cultural safety within the workplace, both within GPSA and within every GP Clinical Learning Environment across the country.

GPSA RAP 2020-2021

GPSA Reconciliation Action Plan 2020-2021

This first RAP for GPSA – a Reflect RAP, provides a framework to support policy endorsement with practical activities. The RAP includes applicable actions to drive GPSA’s contribution to reconciliation both internally and in the GP sector that we operate in.

 

Current RAP Progress (August 2021):

  • 93% of activities have been initiated
  • 73% of activities have been completed
  • GPSA supports all staff and members, including Board Members, to safely enter the reconciliation space – to learn, grow, to make mistakes and build capacity. To become more culturally competent with an ability to help secure cultural safety. GPSA provides inductions to staff and Board Members on Cultural Learning and Safety, assesses knowledge and learning gaps, and provides opportunities to increase knowledge and competence for truth-telling and addressing racism.
  • GPSA provides educational resources to GP Supervisors to improve the teaching and learning of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health in General Practice.
  • GPSA demonstrates respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples by observing cultural protocols
  • GPSA strengthens mutually beneficial relationships by using the principles of respect, co-creation, openness, and deep listening, when partnering with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and stakeholders.
  • GPSA provides opportunities by increasing supplier diversity to include First Nations businesses, and by breaking down barriers to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander recruitment and retention.
  • GPSA maintains strong governance by regularly discussing, reporting, and sharing achievements, challenges, and learnings.

A culturally safe environment, both within the workplace and nationally, is an endpoint we would like to reach. 

GPSA is on a pathway to:

  • Be culturally safe for workers and community
  • Be well connected to our local First Nations community
  • Respond to the identified needs of First Nations peoples
  • Be accessible to First Nations people and communities
  • Work in a culturally safe and appropriate manner

GPSA recognises that our Reconciliation Action Plan is an integral tool to furthering reconciliation both internally and in the GP sector that we operate in.

To view resources and information related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, visit our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health page.

 

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