On 27 May 2015, the beginning of Reconciliation Week, MercyCare officially launched its first Reconciliation Action Plan.
The development of the plan has been overseen by our Aboriginal Strategy and Accountability Working Group under the strong leadership of Executive Director Mission and Culture, Sheryl Carmody, and in consultation with local Aboriginal elders and leaders.
By signing a Reconciliation Action Plan, we have joined 600 organisations around the country that are committed to:
• acknowledging and appreciating Aboriginal people as Australia’s first peoples – along with recognition of their rights and needs today; and
• pursuing a reconciliation journey that acknowledges our shared humanity and future.
Our Reconciliation Action Plan has a strong emphasis on building relationships with Aboriginal people, developing our knowledge of Aboriginal history, creating learning opportunities to explore issues around race and generally embracing diversity within MercyCare whilst deepening our commitment to social justice.