North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network (NWMPHN) has focused on engaging and supporting the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community since inception.
Our RAP is another way we are working to create meaningful relationships, enhance respect and promote sustainable opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.
By developing a RAP, NWMPHN has committed to focus on four key areas:
- Relationships: We partner with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to better understand local health issues. We work together towards the goals of reconciliation and ‘closing the gap’ in terms of access to health care and health outcomes.
- Respect: By acknowledging and understanding our history and its effects on the health outcomes of local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, we build understanding and develop long-term relationships based on respect.
- Opportunities: We create opportunities, both to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and to develop more inclusive work environments.
- Governance: Our RAP working group and RAP champions are accountable and responsible and will ensure we have resources to achieve the delivery and ongoing reporting for the RAP.
Our RAP is the result of extensive consultation since 2013. It is championed internally by our CEO, Executive Team and Aboriginal Health Team.