We proudly launched our ‘Reflect’ Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in May, in the presence of local Boon Wurrung People, local councillors, service partners, volunteers and staff.
The launch was conducted during Reconciliation Action Week, reflecting its theme, ‘Grounded in truth: walk together with courage,’ and was opened with a traditional smoking ceremony.
Connect Health & Community embarked on the Reconciliation Action Plan in 2016 and though initially slowed by organisational changes, our commitment to the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community did not waiver, with the appointment of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Project Officer soon into the journey.
“Local Aboriginal community voices are recognised as an essential element for the Reconciliation Action Plan and the working group, with the plan formalising our commitment to reconciliation and ensure a whole-of-service buy-in,” CEO Ms Amanda Murphy said.
At the launch of the plan, Boon Wurrung Foundation CEO, Gheran Steel was among a number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community representatives who expressed his gratitude for the efforts of his ancestors in their tireless work for all Indigenous people.
“We are privileged to be able to stand on the shoulders of the people who came before us, who managed to hold it all together despite the adversity they were facing,” he said.
Our RAP featured wonderful artwork from Adam Magennis, an accomplished artist from the Boon Wurrung language group who generously allowed us to use the image.
"We are privileged to be able to stand on the shoulders of the people who came before us"
A copy of our Reconciliation Action Plan is available online at https://connecthealth.org.au/about-us/publications/ or from our Reception.
Two community murals were developed to brighten social spaces when we worked with Castlefield Community Centre, Bayside City Council, DHHS and Victoria Police to improve the quality of life for residents on the Hampton East Public Housing Estate.