The Australian Pharmacy Council (APC) proudly announces the launch of their Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), formally endorsed by Reconciliation Australia. They will launch the RAP at their annual Emeritus Professor Lloyd Sansom AO Distinguished Lecture Series on Monday 22 November 2021.
Sharing reflections on the development of the RAP will be Aleena Williams, APC's Indigenous Health Strategy Group member, and Director of Immunisations and Notifiable Diseases at NT Health.
As Champion of this important work, Chief Executive Officer, Bronwyn Clark commented on this initiative.
"APC's Reconciliation Action Plan is our tangible commitment. It provides us a strategic framework to learn from First Australians about the ongoing impacts of colonisation, to celebrate their cultures and to provide opportunities that will assist in closing the gaps between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Australians," said Ms Clark.
"It forms the foundations of our ongoing responsibility and allegiance to improving health outcomes."
Associate Professor Faye McMillan AM, Deputy National Rural Health Commissioner, spoke about APC's journey in their latest podcast.
"In my own Wiradjuri understanding of 'go slow and be intentional but gentle', walk slowly and walk gently, so that the footprints that we leave are recognisable but not irreparably damaging along the way," she said.
"We need to try bring the profession of pharmacy into a space that embraces notions that underpin fundamental human rights. How do we do that as a profession?"
Through their sphere of influence, the APC is able to drive change through the accreditation of pharmacy education. The organisation has been exploring how to embed cultural safety into the education and training of pharmacists through a 4 part series of podcasts and webinars.
This year's Lloyd Sansom Lecture will cover their 4th conversation, Where do we go from here? where they will announce the activities they have planned their pharmacy colleagues to further their commitments pledged in their RAP.
This series complements APC's literature review, Approaches to implementation of cultural safety in the training and education of health professionals in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United States of America.
"This step forward has enthused staff members throughout our organisation as well as external colleagues whom we've built relationships with," said Ms Clark.
"We look forward to our ongoing commitment and new learnings so we can provide culturally safe services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples."
Register for the Emeritus Professor Lloyd Sansom AO Distinguished Lecture Series on Monday 22 November 2021.