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Reconciliation Week 2021

Reconciliation Week 2021

 

 

Reconciliation is at a tipping point. We are seeing people increasing knowledge, understanding truth, and speaking up on issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

This year, More than a word. Reconciliation takes action asks people to take this awareness and knowledge, and use it as a springboard to more substantive, brave action.

For reconciliation to be effective, it must involve truth-telling, and actively address issues of inequality, systemic racism and instances where the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are ignored, denied or reduced.

Three things you can do this National Reconciliation Week:

  1. Expand your supplier diversity. Head to Supply Nation, look up indigenous-owned businesses, then make your next business procurement from a certified supplier. For every $1 of revenue, Certified Suppliers generate $4.41 of social return. That means your dollar is working 4 times harder when you spend with Indigenous businesses.
  2. Be brave in calling out racism. As a GP Supervisor, we are leaders and role models. We need to have the conversations, however uncomfortable, that are befitting to our title, and extend these conversations to those within our sphere of influence. Are you willing to challenge a racist comment? Read the recent Indigenous leaders call for an end to racism in the health system
  3. Skill up on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health in General Practice. Download the GP Supervisor Guide to see how you can become a more culturally competent teacher when it comes to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health.

To view further resources and information on National Reconciliation Week 2021, visit Reconciliation Australia.

To delve deeper into where we are on the Reconciliation journey, view the 2021 State of Reconciliation in Australia summary report.

For links to a range of resources on Indigenous Health relevant to Gp supervision, visit our Indigenous Health page

We all have a role to play when it comes to reconciliation, and in playing our part as GP Supervisors, we help to collectively build relationships and communities that value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples peoples, histories, cultures, and futures.