This National Reconciliation Week, we are delighted to launch BaptistCare’s first 'Reflect' Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).
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29 May 2023
This National Reconciliation Week, we are delighted to launch BaptistCare’s first Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).
Developed in collaboration with Reconciliation Australia, the Reflect RAP is a meaningful roadmap towards building stronger relationships with First Nations Australians. Respect is one of our core values at BaptistCare, and it is also at the heart of reconciliation. The RAP sets out a plan for BaptistCare to achieve our vision for reconciliation. We aspire to:
“Acknowledge past and present wrongs and injustices, build and embed cultural safety and create safe spaces across our whole organisation, so we can work towards healing and walking together.”
The Reflect RAP is the first of four levels of Reconciliation Action Plans - followed by Innovate, Stretch and Elevate RAPs. This framework is designed to give organisations a structured approach to advancing reconciliation.
The RAP was developed after extensive consultation with staff and other stakeholders. Staff were invited to participate in interactive workshops to explore ‘What does reconciliation mean to me?’.
With the theme of ‘Be a Voice for Generations,’ National Reconciliation Week (27 May to 3 June 2023) is a timely opportunity to launch the RAP and share BaptistCare’s commitment to reconciliation. The theme encourages all Australians to be a voice for reconciliation in tangible ways in our everyday lives – where we live, work and socialise.
Co-Champions of the RAP, Sharon Reddy and Elizabeth Hukins, say:
“Our RAP is a journey for all of us. We encourage everyone to get behind this commitment to drive positive change and improve opportunities for our First Nations colleagues and clients within our organisation and in the communities where we work. We can all be a voice for Reconciliation.”
“We are also delighted to welcome our new colleague, Jason May, who will lead the implementation of the Reflect RAP with support from the RAP Working Group."
You can read our full Reflect RAP here.
For more on National Reconciliation Week or to consult on crafting your own RAP, visit Reconciliation Australia.