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Indigenous Health a focus

25 May 2020

RANZCOG has reaffirmed its commitment to promoting Indigenous Health as a priority as it marks National Reconciliation Week (NRW).

NRW, which runs from May 27 to June 3, is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

This year’s theme is In this together. Visit the NRW website to see how you can share, support and celebrate the week by tuning-in to a host of virtual events, and by joining in on the conversation online.

The dates for NRW remain the same each year; May 27 to June 3. These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision, respectively.

How can we advance Reconciliation?

RANZCOG is calling on members to send us a 30 second video of themselves answering the question: ‘How can we advance Reconciliation?’ (either as a College, or more broadly in Australia). We will collate these videos and share them during National Reconciliation week as a way to get the conversation started. We look forward to hearing your ideas.

Please text your video to Andre Khoury, RANZCOG Head of Communications and Public Affairs, on +61 448 735 749 by 12pm AEST on Thursday, May 28.

When recording your video, please note the below:
 
  • Ensure there is a good distance between you and the camera (not too close), with your head/shoulders centered so that text can be added above, below, or to the side of you without covering your face.
  • Record videos in landscape (NOT portrait)
  • Record an additional 1-2 seconds at both the start and the end of the video to ensure there is a good amount of lead in/out time.
  • Talk to the camera, and don‘t forget to relax and smile!
  • Always aim to record the video in one take. If not possible, aim for as few takes as possible to minimise jumps/breaks in the delivery of the message
  
Meaningful action

RANZCOG continues to proactively partner with groups within the Indigenous health sector, sharing the latest knowledge and best practice in obstetric and gynaecological issues.
 
The College’s RANZCOG 2019 – 2022 Strategic Plan includes a focus on promotion and demonstration of cultural diversity and cultural safety, and the College is actively involved with initiatives through our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Health Committee. The committee continues to act as an advocate for and provides advice with regard to matters relating to the health and welfare of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women’s health.

RANZCOG’s Reconciliation Action Plan Innovate aims to translate the College’s good intentions into actions, by setting measurable and, most importantly, achievable goals, timelines and responsibilities. The development and implementation of targeted Indigenous Women’s Health initiatives aims to increase engagement of relevant stakeholder bodies.
 
The College also proudly supports Indigenous health through the work of the RANZCOG Women's Health Foundation, with one of its priorities being the promotion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Māori women’s health initiatives.



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