Coast & Country Primary Care is a proud and active ally of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. We are committed to improving the health and wellbeing of all of our community. By becoming an active participant with Reconciliation Australia and developing a RAP, CCPC is showing our commitment to continue to work in collaboration with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
Internally the RAP is championed by the RAP Working Group, but all CCPC staff are asked to join us to champion the RAP in their everyday activities.
Our RAP demonstrates our continual commitment to outlining the importance that culture, community, health, and wellbeing play to integrating a collaborative workforce approach. Our RAP will assist to raise awareness of reconciliation and the challenges faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people both past and present. Through our RAP, CCPC can explore ways in which we can further support the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in our service design and delivery.
Since developing our initial RAP, which was launched in May 2016, CCPC has made significant changes including supporting all staff and board members to complete the online Reconciliation Australia’s ‘Share Our Pride’ modules. We have developed and implemented an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment and Retention Strategy and ensure all job advertisements include the statement, ‘Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply’ along with ensuring recruitment and induction processes provide support and opportunity for self-identification. We have also reviewed HR policies and procedures to ensure there are no barriers to staff participating in NAIDOC week. Another achievement has been the commissioning of an ‘Acknowledgment of Country’ plaque and a new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Artwork that represents the mission and values of CCPC and our RAP.