National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to reflect and learn about our shared histories and achievements with Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

“On behalf of the RACS Indigenous Health Committee I extend a warm and deeply respectful acknowledgment to the traditional custodians of the lands in which we reside and pays respect to elders past, present and emerging,” says RACS Indigenous Health Committee Chairperson, Dr Maxine Ronald.

“The Indigenous Health Committee applauds RACS Council and RACS staff for their commitment and contribution to the journey of reconciliation between Australia’s Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. The good will and intent demonstrated with significant gains in critical strategic operational areas of the organisation is highly commendable.”

The dates for NRW remain the same each year; 27 May to 3 June. In 2020 Reconciliation Australia marks twenty years of shaping Australia’s journey towards a more just, equitable and reconciled nation.

“Although National Reconciliation Week 2020 has come at a very challenging time, it serves a poignant reminder of the unique health challenges faced by Indigenous Australians and their vulnerability to crises such as the COVID pandemic. It also highlights the important work RACS is carrying out in this field to reconcile and to address the health inequities faced by Indigenous Australians,” says Dr Ronald.

On this journey, Australians are all in this together; every one of us has a role to play when it comes to reconciliation, and in playing our part we collectively build relationships and communities that value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories and cultures.

Fellows, Trainees and IMGs as well as RACS staff are encouraged to take part in any of the activities taking place and promote resources available. Visit the Reconciliation Australia website for more information.

Visit our Indigenous health web page to learn more about what RACS is doing in this space.