Healthscope unveils Reconciliation Action Plan
Healthscope Limited has launched its first Reconciliation Action Plan, which outlines the specific actions the company will take during the next 12 months to further promote cultural awareness and strengthen partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
Healthscope launched its RAP during National Reconciliation Week at The Victorian Rehabilitation Centre. Wurundjeri Elder, Uncle Colin Hunter; local consumer representative, Bob Jenkins; and Indigenous dance group, Culture Evolves, joined Managing Director and Chief Executive Gordon Ballantyne and other members of Healthscope’s executive and dedicated team of staff, nurses and doctors to launch the RAP.
Mr Ballantyne said: “Reconciliation is about building better relationships between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people for the benefit of all Australians”.
“At Healthscope our purpose - across our team of more than 18,000 people - is ‘we work together for better care’.
“That’s the thought that sits at the heart of our organisation and guides our dedicated team of staff, nurses and doctors every day and sets out what we strive to do better tomorrow, Healthscope’s Reconciliation Action Plan is a key part of that commitment.
“Our plan has three key action areas – Relationships, Respect and Opportunities, which will help us to further develop meaningful partnerships with Australia’s First Peoples and raise cultural awareness among our staff and the communities we serve.”
Among the initiatives listed in our RAP are:
- Promoting positive race relations through anti-discrimination strategies;
- Raising cultural awareness of Australia’s First Peoples through the participation of Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC week.
- Investigating employment opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
For more information or to view a copy of Healthscope’s Reconciliation Action Plan please visit http://healthscope.com.au/sustainability/Reconciliation.