En­dorse­ment given to health ac­tion plan

The Weekend Post - - Business -

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.”

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