Endorsement given to health action plan
THE Northern Queensland Primary Health Network’s Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan has been formally endorsed by Reconciliation Australia.
NQPHN board chairman Dr Vladislav Matic said the plan strongly advances the organisation’s commitment to working with local indigenous communities to close the gap in health inequalities.
“We recognise that the considerable gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and fellow Australians in life expectancy and overall health outcomes is unacceptable, and this plan is part of our commitment to reducing that gap,” said Dr Matic.
“It outlines key actions NQPHN will undertake to fos- ter mutually respectful, meaningful, and inclusive relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders and communities in our region.
“NQPHN acknowledges that developing relationships and opportunities with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples both internally and within communities builds a better understanding of the importance of culture and heritage.”
NQPHN chief executive John Gregg said the RAP was “a major step in our reconciliation journey and is a key tool for NQPHN to walk together as we learn and grow on this continuous improvement path to build successive plans for the future.”