This event takes places from 27 May to 3 June—the dates we had two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey—the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision.

The theme this year is ‘Be brave. Make change’. It is a challenge for us all to be brave and tackle the unfinished business of reconciliation so we can make change for all.

For us at the College, reconciliation is about building better relationships between RACS, the Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples for the benefit of all Australians. 

In 2016, we launched the RACS Reconciliation Action Plan to support of improved health care outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This was updated in 2022.

We are proud to be part of the reconciliation journey and embrace our obligation as a peak medical college to make meaningful commitment to the principles of reconciliation.

Fellows, Trainees, Specialist International Medical Graduates and RACS staff are encouraged to take part in any of the activities taking place and promote resources available. 

Here are some things you can do to participate in Reconciliation Week:

- Take this reconciliation quiz to test your knowledge of this important topic
- Listen to Dr Mikayala Couch's podcast series
- Read more about Australia's first female Indigenous surgeon – Dr Rachel Farrelly 
- Visit the Reconciliation Australia website for more information
- Visit our Indigenous health web page to learn more about what RACS' commitment to Indigenous health and health equity