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The RACGP Reconciliation Plan 2020-2022

Our vision

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) vision for reconciliation is for a healthcare system free of racism, where all GPs and practice teams are trained to deliver culturally safe healthcare.

Our goal

The RACGP acknowledges the wrongs of the past directed towards Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the inter-generational impact of this. Our goal is for the RACGP to become a culturally safe organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and support the work of our National Faculty of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health. We will work collaboratively to promote the strengths of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We will make every effort to be leaders and demonstrate our commitment through our voice and actions. We may not get it right all of the time, but we come to this journey with goodwill and a commitment to learn from our mistakes and strive to do better.
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Our business

The RACGP is Australia’s largest professional practice organisation and represents urban and rural general practitioners (GPs). The RACGP’s mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of all people in Australia by supporting GPs, general practice registrars and medical students in their pursuit of excellence in patient care and community service. The RACGP is committed to raising GP awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health needs and their cultural context, and to advocating for culturally appropriate health delivery systems that improve health outcomes.

The RACGP operates across eight offices – in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane, Perth, Darwin, Adelaide and Hobart. All of these offices operate on unique Aboriginal lands. The RACGP employs approximately 400 full-time and part-time employees, including three staff who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.

The majority of our employees work in the National Office in Melbourne, across Corporate Services; Membership; Policy, Practice and Innovation; Education; and Fellowship Pathways divisions. These functions support over 41,000 members working in or towards a career in general practice. The RACGP conducts its activities within the following key areas: collegiality, education and training for general practice, innovation and policy for general practice, and advocacy.

The RACGP has a National Faculty of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, which was established in February 2010. In 2020, the faculty celebrates 10 years of operation. It is governed by an Aboriginal-led Council and an Education Committee, is supported by a team of seven staff, and currently has over 11,000 members. The faculty provides the RACGP with strategic and operational support to advance the RACGP’s work in the field of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

It aims to achieve this through:

  • supporting GPs and other health professionals to provide clinically and culturally appropriate and responsive healthcare to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
  • enhancing engagement with communities and key stakeholders
  • enhancing the quality and effectiveness of cultural awareness education and cultural safety training for GPs
  • advocating for improvements to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and primary healthcare service delivery
  • enabling the RACGP to acknowledge and embrace Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures
  • supporting self-determination and community control
  • ensuring members understand the benefits of faculty membership and actively contribute to the faculty and the broader work of the RACGP.
 

 

 

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