"UnitingCare Health is committed to the journey of Closing the Gap"
Terence Seymour, Acting Executive Director, UnitingCare Health
To be culturally responsible and committed to social justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We will be unified, positive and healthy.
UnitingCare Health employ Indigenous Workplace Advisors who provide advice and links to local indigenous communities.
An acknowledgement of country takes place at informal and small events such as meetings. At larger events, such as the opening of a new hospital or service, local Elder’s are invited to perform a Welcome to Country ceremony.
As part of constructing the new St Stephen’s Hospital in Hervey Bay, UnitingCare Health worked extensively with Elders and the local community to include culturally appropriate spaces in the hospital. Information provided by the Elders has been incorporated into a local area workforce plan.
During Reconciliation week and NAIDOC week in 2013 a number of events were held to strengthen relationships with local indigenous communities and the cultural awareness of staff.
In 2012, Aboriginal artist Robert Barton, a Kalkadoon man from far North Western Queensland, was commissioned by Uniting Care Queensland to create an artwork that reflects the integrity and collaborative approach of the UnitingCare Queensland Reconciliation Action Plan journey. This artwork is featured above.
"UnitingCare Health is committed to the journey of Closing the Gap and improving the life expectancy of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We hope to listen to and work with the First Peoples of this nation in genuine consultation.
The UnitingCare Queensland Reconciliation Action Plan guides us in working together with understanding and respect of cultural diversity to deliver more appropriate care, and improve trust and participation in our services."
Acting Executive Director UnitingCare Health
"UnitingCare Queensland recognises that we need to contribute to building better relationships and eliminating the glaring gap in life expectancy, education, incarceration rate, family wellbeing and health between Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander peoples and the rest of the Australian community.
Our vision is to recognise and strengthen our relationship with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through positive and inclusive workforce innovation practices."
Chief Executive Officer UnitingCare Queensland