cohealth’s commitment to Reconciliation
cohealth has a vision for Reconciliation where the rights, cultures and lands of Australia’s First Nation Peoples are recognised and respected by all Australians, of all ages.
Through an understanding of the impact of inequality and the abuse of human rights on health outcomes, our vision for Reconciliation commits cohealth to contribute to a future where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples enjoy equitable access to housing, education, employment and health services. We envisage a time when the wisdom, histories and cultural contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is valued by all Australians as significantly contributing to Australia’s unique culture and identity.
The cohealth approach to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health is underpinned by human rights, and a commitment to cultural safety and inclusion. This involves building respectful and collaborative relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the design and delivery of culturally appropriate and safe services and programs. It also continues to build on the cultural awareness and competence of service providers to understand Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s connection to, and pride in, their cultures, histories and identities as critical to improving their health and wellbeing.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing is a key priority at cohealth. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have priority of access to all our services. Assertive outreach programs enable our work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to connect with people outside the walls of the health services. Our programs are well attended and provide culturally safe spaces for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to meet with their mob, share a yarn, and connect with a range of services. cohealth is committed to improving and strengthening our services to meet the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members, in our work towards closing the gap.
The cohealth and Stretch Reconciliation Action Plan published in May 2016 contains many actions that will help us to improve access to services, strengthen relationships, create opportunities, and engage more actively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.