Reconciliation Action Plan
Why a Reconciliation Action Plan?
The Speech Pathology 2030 project identified the need for Speech Pathology Australia to engage more closely with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their organisations.
DRAFT Reconciliation Action Plan now available for comment.
The vision is for inequities in access for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients and communities to be addressed, non-Aboriginal speech pathologists to be supported in developing cultural competency during their training and their working life, the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander graduates will increase, and that more culturally appropriate research will be undertaken.
A Reconciliation Action Plan is an important step in achieving the vision.
“It's exciting to see Speech Pathology Australia creating a RAP. It shows their commitment to valuing and recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge and connection to land. It demonstrates the Association’s willingness to foster a culturally safe and sensitive profession, workplaces and practices. The RAP is an important step towards reconciliation and improving health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities."
Grade 1 Speech Pathologist
What is a Reconciliation Action Plan?
A Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) sets out the steps an organisation will take to support the reconciliation movement. The RAP is developed with the assistance of Reconciliation Australia and focuses on three principles – Relationships, Respect and Opportunities. Four levels of plan are described, each of which builds on the previous level. The Association's RAP under development is the first level of plan, REFLECT. This plan will guide the Association reconciliation activities for a 12 month period.
What has the Association done so far?
A Reconciliation Action Plan Committee was formed late in 2017, and undertook cultural awareness training delivered by Evolve Communities in February 2018.
Two discussion forums have been held. The first (May 15) was for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members. The second, held at the National Conference in Adelaide on 29 May, was open to Association members. Discussion at both were lively and interesting. Themes from the two forums have been collated, and have been developed into a draft plan. Feedback on the draft plan has been sought from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee. The RAP committee has met through electronic means to plan strategy and to refine the draft plan.
The RAP Committee is now seeking feedback on the draft plan from members and other interested people. If you know of anyone who may be interested in providing feedback, please let them know how they can do this.
The draft has been developed using templates and language endorsed by Reconciliation Australia. It contains content only. The final document will incorporate commissioned artwork, photographs, selected quotes from feedback, and introductions from the National President and Chief Executive Officer.
Draft Reconciliation Action Plan