On Saturday 14 October, Australians were given a once in a generation opportunity to make history and vote for an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament.
While a yes outcome was not achieved, one thing will not change for us at WA Primary Health Alliance. We remain committed to improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people across Western Australia.
We know that improved health outcomes are inexorably linked to the right to self-determination, to being treated with respect, and to being protected from discrimination. To effect long lasting and systemic change, there must be consultation, partnership and representation from Aboriginal people and communities.
Guided by our Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan and Aboriginal Cultural Competency and Capability Framework, we aim to be bold and aspirational in our commitment to reconciliation and further build our relationships with the people from the Aboriginal communities with, and for whom, we work and commission services.
Our thoughts are with those individuals and communities who have been affected in the lead up to, and after, the referendum result. If you or anyone you know needs support, call 13YARN on 13 92 76.