Reconciliation Action Plan 


Our vision for reconciliation is health equity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Our vision can be achieved through building relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nurses, midwives and broader communities, working together to identify and provide opportunities to build capacity and realise potential.

We will work towards our vision by modelling respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; promoting understanding of their rights and leading the nursing and midwifery professions in respect and sharing knowledge with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

We will adopt the principles of reconciliation as part of our core work, and will model and encourage promotion of reconciliation throughout the nursing and midwifery professions.

The ANMF (SA Branch) has made a commitment to work to address health inequalities experienced by many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

This RAP acts on that commitment and helps us to focus on keeping the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the national agenda.

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Meet our RAP 2022 Steering Committee

Uncle David 'Tarnda' Copley Adj Assoc Prof Elizabeth Dabars AM Lisa Devey Tahlia Johnson Damian Rigney Lisa Vertue Kate Warren

 


Uncle David 'Tarnda' Copley

In the past many organizations have viewed Reconciliation Action Plans (RAP) as a tick box in corporate accreditation.

RAP's are completed and then forgotten. Through my advisory work with the ANMF(SA) and from my time on the Council, I understood that the ANMF(SA) didn't want this situation.

The organization wanted a 'living document', that would serve its staff and members and allow the organization to engage with Indigenous organization, communities and health professionals/students.

I wanted to be part of this committee, not because of my expertise, but rather in order to assist the ANMF(SA) branch achieve its goal of a culturally safe place for all.


Adj Assoc Prof Elizabeth Dabars AM

Our Reconciliation Action Plan initiative aims to greatly extend our role and impact in making a very positive difference to the numbers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples employed within the health system, the ultimate hoped-for outcome being the vastly improved health and wellbeing of Indigenous communities everywhere. We firmly believe Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nurses and midwives should be part of curriculum and policy development at local, state and national levels.

The Reconciliation Action Plan is all about empowering our First Nations people with the tools – be it education, resources, enhanced opportunity – to stamp their imprint on the Australian health system so that it delivers optimal, equitable and culturally safe care for all.

 


Lisa Devey

Lisa has worked with the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (SA Branch) for more than seven years and is currently the Director, Policy and Service Improvement.

An ongoing passion for ATSI equity and equality, Lisa wants the Steering Committee to build meaningful relationships that’ll assist in ‘Closing the Gap’.

Lisa wants to understand more about our history so she can be better informed in her advocacy roles.

 


Tahlia Johnson

Tahlia Johnson is a registered Midwife and is currently completing her honours through Flinders University and working in research with Aboriginal health projects.

Tahlia has chosen to be a part of the RAP steering group as she believes there is a lot more work to be done around reconciliation and wants to help drive that change being part of the group.



 


Damian Rigney

Damian was originally an Aboriginal health practitioner and has worked with several Aboriginal community health organisations within SA Health.

Damian has joined the RAP Steering committee as he believes it is important to improve the care nurses provide to Aboriginal people. It just provides the system with people that share the lived experience, Aboriginal people have a unique place in society.

Damian believes providing care appropriate to Aboriginal people is best done by Aboriginal people and will in turn provide better care and support for patients.

 


Lisa Vertue

Lisa commenced her role with the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (SA Branch), in September 2020 as the Director of Learning and Development for the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Education Centre (ANMEC). Having had many years’ experience in strategic and operational leadership roles with vocational education and training, this has included Nursing Director for SA Health and more recently as Director Community Services, Health and Lifestyle for TAFE SA.

Whilst in these roles, Lisa sought opportunities to actively contribute to improving the outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. In her role at TAFE SA, Lisa led a committed Reconciliation Working group that became the catalyst for TAFE SA developing their Reconciliation Action Plan. As a member of the ANMF SA Reconciliation Action Lisa wants to enable nurses, midwives and carers to advocate and give a voice to our Aboriginal colleagues and patients and to promote cultural respect and equity.


Kate Warren

Kate is a proud Wiradjuri woman originally from NSW and moved to SA as a nine year old. She is a Registered Nurse and has worked in acute care, tertiary education/research and primary health care spanning a career of nearly 40 years.

Kate is currently working in an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service and sees her life mission as increasing meaningful community leadership in health, hence her involvement in the development of the Reconciliation Action Plan.