RACP supports a Voice to Parliament
14 Sep 2023
The RACP has made a public statement supporting the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Constitution and the establishment of a First Nations Voice to Parliament. The statement reflects the College’s long-standing commitment to improving health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their communities.
The RACP recognises the devastating legacy of colonisation on the health and wellbeing of all First Nations Australians – the impacts of which manifest in health inequities that many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples continue to experience today.
By actively listening to the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and involving them in the decisions, laws and policies that affect their lives, we can build trust and heal, improve access to culturally safe healthcare services, and support better health outcomes overall.
In the lead up to the referendum on 14 October 2023, we urge all RACP members to stay informed.
What our members have to say
Listening to First Nations voices has significant impacts on healthcare. Here's some reasons why:
Dr Jacqueline Small
Dr Kudzai Kanhutu
Dr Richard Budd
Dr Simon Quilty
For more information about the Voice and the upcoming referendum, you can visit the Australian Government's Be ready to vote – 14 October 2023 webpage.
To find out more about the RACP's position supporting constitutional recognition and the Voice to Parliament, please refer to our:
External resources and services supporting the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are also available, including:
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