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The department is committed in providing a workplace which is culturally safe and inclusive of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We recognise and value the diverse and extensive knowledge, skills and experiences that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people bring to Health and commit to providing opportunities for professional and personal development.

This commitment is supported by the following:

  • National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Staff Network (NATSISN) and associated Friends of the Network
  • 2017-19 Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Champions
  • Cultural Appreciation Program

The department’s National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Staff Network is an informal peer network, run by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees. The network’s purpose is to:

  • Provide guidance and support to Network members
  • Advocate the views and perspectives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff
  • Raise awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures in the department
  • Build mutually respectful relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff and non-Indigenous staff.

NATSISN’s affiliate membership, Friends of the Network, is an opportunity for non- Indigenous staff to show their commitment to reconciliation and to learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and communities.

The department’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) assists us to contribute towards a reconciled Australia, in which all Australians understand and value the cultures, experiences and rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Reconciliation is an ongoing endeavour, and all Health employees have an important role to play in advocating and delivering on all outcomes in this plan.

The network is supported by Senior Executive Champions who provide leadership and drive initiatives to support to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce, and contribute to celebrating and recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures in the department.

Health has a Cultural Appreciation Program (CAP) which is designed to give employees a greater appreciation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders culture, customs and traditions.

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