On behalf of the RACS Council, I would like to pay our collective respect to elders, past and present and acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples as the traditional custodians of Australia and, recognise their continuing connection to culture, land, sea, community and family.

The annual National Reconciliation Week 2020 has come at an unprecedented time in human affairs.  As we face the myriad of challenges this unique situation presents to FRACS Fellows, Trainees, Specialist International Medical Graduates and College staff, I am impressed with how we have responded as an organisation.

RACS is proud to be part of the reconciliation journey and embraces our obligation as a peak national health organisation to make meaningful ongoing commitments to the principles of Reconciliation.

Although we are not able to celebrate National Reconciliation Week with office-based activities, the RACS Reconciliation Working Group has been very productive with arranging online National Reconciliation Week activities for you all to participate, in while practicing self-distance.

Join me as we undertake the reconciliation journey together.

Mr Anthony Sparnon
RACS President