The Women and Newborn Health Service respectfully acknowledges the Noongar people, both past and present, the traditional owners of the land on which we work.
We affirm our commitment to reconciliation through strengthening partnerships and continuing to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Reconciliation is everyone’s business.
Reconciliation is about building better relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the wider Australian community for the benefit of all Australians.(1)
The Women and Newborn Health Service’s commitment to reconciliation involves working to overcome the division and inequality between Aboriginal, and non-Aboriginal people in our health care system.
Positive attitudes, a spirit of goodwill, mutual respect and making changes to be more inclusive of Aboriginal peoples, form the core of WNHS’s reconciliation efforts.
By making Aboriginal culture visible in our physical environments and evident in the daily behaviours of our staff, we aim to bring Aboriginal peoples and health care providers together on the journey of reconciliation by creating awareness and connection.
Through our actions, we will create environments that are culturally secure for Aboriginal peoples. Our staff will ensure access to timely treatment and care that respects and values their culture.
WNHS values Aboriginal peoples’ holistic view of health in developing a health system that respects the views, beliefs, rights and customs of Aboriginal peoples.
The WNHS Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) outlines strategies to address social inequity through employment and learning opportunities, provide direction to embrace change and adopt a cultural perspective to the delivery of its services.
The RAP affirms the commitment to strengthening partnerships and creating new ways of working with Aboriginal peoples that are based on shared values of Respect, Acceptance, Honesty, Openness, Transparency, Patience, Trust and Integrity.