Black Dog Institute launches its Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)
Published: 31 May, 2019
To formally demonstrate our commitment to the national reconciliation movement this week, we have launched our Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), driven by two imperatives.
The first is to stand with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples to support their efforts to improve the wellbeing of Indigenous communities. We work closely with many organisations to achieve results and to engage in open and constructive consultation with professionals, providers, industry, community and lived experience groups. The RAP also commits us to expand our partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led organisations across the country to continuously improve our cultural responsiveness. This Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan reiterates Black Dog Institute’s commitment to improving mental health outcomes for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and to support the position that discrimination and racism have no place in creating a mentally healthier world.
"Racism and discrimination undermine wellbeing and contribute to the development of mental ill-health."
The second imperative is the recognition that we need our organisation to both respect and celebrate the longevity and cultural heritage of a diverse and strong Indigenous Australia. As an organisation we will be proud of this past and present contribution.
We will ensure that every initiative undertaken by Black Dog Institute will acknowledge, respect and promote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and culture. We will strive to become a workplace of choice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Black Dog Institute needs a dedicated and inclusive workforce to deliver scientific findings and better mental health recommendations for the Australian community.
The theme for this year’s National Reconciliation Week is “Grounded in Truth, Walk Together with Courage”. As a medical research institute, we are committed to evidence-based policy and delivering effective programs that are co-designed and co-led with the communities that will implement and adapt them. Each community is different, and we at Black Dog Institute acknowledge this diversity, and listen to the voices of those with Lived Experience to guide the way forward.
At Black Dog Institute, we believe that mental and emotional health and wellbeing is a human right, and we endorse the Gayaa Dhuwi (Proud Spirit) Declaration to achieve the highest standard of mental health and suicide prevention outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Scientia Professor Helen Christensen
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