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The RACGP Reconciliation Plan 2020-2022

Relationships

Our goal is to develop and nurture mutually beneficial relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and organisations, to ensure that our contribution towards reconciliation is delivered in a culturally sensitive manner that helps create meaningful change.

The RACGP is committed to the health and wellbeing of all Australians by providing ongoing support to GPs, general practice registrars and medical students. It is paramount to build rapport and develop great relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, their families and their communities, helping overcome the current health gaps in Australian society, building understanding, respecting differences and finding what we have in common.

Focus area: Healthcare partnerships

Action
Deliverable
Timeline
Responsibility

1. Establish and maintain mutually beneficial relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders and organisations

Deliverable
  • Expand reach of relationship, partnerships and Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with NACCHO across the RACGP to look for opportunities of mutual interest with positive health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Timeline

July 2021

Responsibility

Lead: Senior RAP Advisor

Deliverable
  • Further develop MOUs or formal partnerships and statements of intent with other parties seeking to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples or increase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ participation in primary healthcare/general practice. Consult Prescribed Bodies Corporate (Traditional Owners).
Timeline

July 2021

Responsibility

Lead: Senior RAP Advisor

Deliverable
  • Support state/territory faculties to foster relationships with Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation affiliates in their jurisdictions, and foster ways to help create connections and promote each other’s services.
Timeline

July 2021

Review
July 2021, July 2022

Responsibility

Lead: Head of Faculties
Support: Manager, National Faculty of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

National Manager, Policy & Advocacy Manager, Foundation

Deliverables
  • Feed into strategic plans and help build templates and processes with GPs in training for engagement across the organisation
  • Feed into strategic plans and help build templates and processes at a faculty level with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members.
Timeline

December 2021

Responsibility

Lead: RACGP-led Training Coordinator
Head of Faculties
Support: Head of Faculties
Manager, National Faculty of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

Deliverable
  • Meet with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders and organisations to develop guiding principles for future engagement.
Timeline

July 2021

Responsibility

Lead: CEO

2. Build relationships through celebrating National Reconciliation Week (NRW)

Deliverable
  • Hold an internal staff event during NRW through events and share resources and reconciliation materials.
Timeline

27 May – 3 June 2021/2022

Responsibility

Lead: Senior RAP Advisor

Deliverable
  • Ensure staff are aware of the significance of National Torres Strait Islander Flag Day (29 May), which also occurs during NRW.
Timeline

27 May – 3 June 2021/2022

Responsibility

Lead: Senior RAP Advisor
Support: RAP Working Group

Deliverable
  • RAP Working Group to participate and all staff and senior leaders to lead the way by participating in internal events to recognise and celebrate NRW
Timeline

October 2020, 27 May – 3 June 2021/2022

Responsibility

Lead: National Manager, Media & Communications
Support: RAP Working Group

Deliverable
  • Organise at least one NRW event each year in every state and territory.
Timeline

October 2020, 27 May – 3 June 2021/2022

Responsibility

Lead: Senior RAP Advisor
Support: Head of Faculties
Faculty Managers

Deliverable
  • Register all NRW events on Reconciliation Australia’s NRW website
Timeline

27 May – 3 June 2021/2022

Responsibility

Lead: Senior RAP Advisor
Support: Head of Faculties
Faculty Managers

Deliverable
  • Communicate with staff and members about national and state-based events.
Timeline

May 2021, May 2022

Responsibility

Lead: National Manager, Media & Communications

Deliverable
  • RAP Working Group members to participate in an external NRW event.
Timeline

27 May – 3 June 2021/2022

Responsibility

Lead: Senior RAP Advisor
Support: RAP Working Group

Deliverable
  • Encourage and support staff and senior leaders to participate in at least one external event to recognise and celebrate NRW.
Timeline

27 May – 3 June 2021/2022

Responsibility

Lead: General Counsel
Support: Senior RAP Advisor

3. Promote reconciliation through building relationships, partnerships and community engagement strategies

Deliverable
  • Develop a community engagement strategy
Timeline

July 2021

Responsibility

Lead: Senior RAP Advisor
Support: General Counsel
Manager, National Faculty of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
National Manager, Media & Communications
General Manager, Human Resources
Head of Faculties
Faculty Managers

Deliverable
  • Provide opportunities to engage our staff in reconciliation (eg staff to be granted volunteer leave to engage in community partnerships within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations).
Timeline

Review
July 2021, July 2022

Responsibility

Lead: Senior RAP Advisor
Support: General Manager, Human Resources

Deliverable
  • Communicate to our members and the general public our commitment to reconciliation.
Timeline

Review
July 2021, July 2022

Responsibility

Lead: National Manager, Media & Communications
Support: National Manager, Policy & Advocacy
Manager, National Faculty of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
RACGP’s Board of Directors

Deliverable
  • Explore opportunities to positively influence our members to undertake their own reconciliation actions
Timeline

Review
July 2021, July 2022

Responsibility

Lead: Head, Events and Experience

Deliverable
  • Via Reconciliation Australia, develop networking opportunities with like-minded organisations to advance reconciliation.
Timeline

Review
July 2021, July 2022

Responsibility

Lead: Senior RAP Advisor
Support: General Counsel

Deliverable
  • Provide all staff with a copy of the Reconciliation Action Plan.
Timeline

December 2020

Responsibility

Lead: Senior RAP Advisor
Support: National Manager, Media & Communications

Deliverable
  • Create a landing page on the RACGP website dedicated to the RAP and related activities to ensure our membership and wider community are aware of the importance of reconciliation, and help provide areas for collaboration.
Timeline

October 2020

Responsibility

Lead: Senior RAP Advisor

4. Promote anti-discrimination strategies

Deliverable
  • Conduct an evaluation and review of Human Resources policies and procedures to identify existing anti-discrimination provisions and future needs. Human Resources to evaluate and review existing culturally responsive workplace policy.
Timeline

December 2020

Responsibility

Lead: General Manager, Human Resources

Deliverable
  • Develop a bullying and harassment policy, and a recruitment and selection policy
Timeline

December 2020

Responsibility

Lead: General Manager, Human Resources

Deliverable
  • Evaluate, review and communicate RACGP’s anti-discrimination policy.
Timeline

December 2020

Responsibility

Lead: General Manager, Human Resources

Deliverable
  • Consult with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff and/or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander advisors in regard to our anti-discrimination policy.
Timeline

December 2020

Responsibility

Lead: General Manager, Human Resources
Support: Senior RAP Advisor

Deliverable
  • Educate staff, especially through the Executive Leadership Team, on the effects of racism and unconscious bias (eg through supporting the ‘Racism. It Stops with Me’ campaign).
Timeline

Review
July 2021, July 2022

Responsibility

Lead: General Counsel
Support: Senior RAP Advisor
General Manager, Human Resources
Executive Leadership Team

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