At Blue Care, reconciliation is at the heart of our programs, services and initiatives to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with opportunities to participate and thrive in life.

Reconciliation is about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous people coming together to build a healthier society. We do this through building stronger communities, healthier relationships and improving opportunities, for the benefit of all Australians.

As an agency of UnitingCare, Blue Care is committed to the UnitingCare Reconciliation Action Plan, which outlines our vision for reconciliation and the plan we are committed to in order to help us improve access to health and aged care services for Australia’s First Nation peoples and strengthen our relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander team members.

Stretch RAP (2017-2020)

UnitingCare’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) is our business plan for prioritising and contributing to reconciliation in Australia.

Our Reconciliation Action Plans, built on the Australian Framework of Reflect, Innovate, Stretch and Elevate, set up our path to reconciliation in partnership, walking together to right the wrongs of the past, and looking forward to our future, together.

UnitingCare’s Stretch RAP (2017–2020) keeps us moving forward on our Reconciliation journey, with specific targets around cultural appreciation, procurement, recruitment and retention, leadership and community participation.

Our Stretch RAP challenges us to:

  • Increase our percentage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees so that our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients receive culturally appropriate care.
  • Give a voice to our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees and clients through strong leadership at all levels of our organisation.
  • Invite our employees to take part in cultural appreciation training and/or workshops.
  • Create a culture that recognises and respects the value and knowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people bring to Blue Care’s work.

More information

Our Stretch RAP builds on the work of previous UnitingCare RAPs. To view earlier RAPs and to understand the origins of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander autonomy within the Ministry of the Uniting Church, view UnitingCare’s Reconciliation page.

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