Indigenous Eye Health Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)
We acknowledge the Wurundjeri people- the traditional owners of the land upon which the Indigenous Eye Health is located, and their Elders past, present and future.
Our vision for reconciliation
Our approach to reconciliation is driven by our goal to Close the Gap for Vision in Australia and improve eye health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
The IEH staff felt that the development of a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) would help to guide the groups work. The RAP was first developed in 2011, written in accordance with the broader University of Melbourne RAP, and is important for the following reasons:
- The development of a RAP will help to create and articulate some important foundation principles and operational values
- The RAP will help guide both individual actions and actions of the IEH – it establishes a framework which we can be accountable to and is something we can aim for.
- The RAP will be useful as the IEH grows in size and scope and for the introduction and orientation of new staff.
The development of the IEH RAP is based on the Reconciliation Australia framework which groups activities and actions as:
- Good relationships
- Respect for the special contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
- Working together to ensure all Australians have the same life opportunities
The key principles that underpin the IEH RAP:
- The RAP represents a group wide commitment. Accordingly, the responsibilities outlined in the RAP should align with existing accountability structures.
- The RAP activities build and extend on core IEH activities.
- The implementation of the RAP will be, as much as possible, integrated through the IEH planning cycle.
- A process has been established to refresh the RAP each year prior to National Reconciliation Week on ‘Sorry Day’.