12 July 2019
On 21 June 2019, Cancer Council SA proudly launched our inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in front of 100 attendees, including staff, board members, volunteers, community ambassadors and a host of friends from various organisations.
The launch was a milestone occasion for Cancer Council SA and is the first of many steps that we intend to take toward a shared future between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous peoples, both internally and externally.
Cancer Council SA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cancer Prevention and Programs Manager Peter Thomas shares a bit about what the RAP launch means to him.
Reconciliation Action Plans are a huge step for any organisation. Having worked with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities for a number of years, I have seen first-hand the power of reconciliation and how it can bring a community together.
Having worked at Cancer Council SA since 2015, I have seen many changes during my time here. I am proud to say that now, Cancer Council SA employs 10 staff who identify as Aboriginal . When I first started, we only employed four.
We are leading the way in changing the disparities in health outcomes amongst Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities through a number of programs, including our Quitline phone and web service, our Tackling Indigenous Smoking Quitskills Program, and our Aboriginal Cancer Screening Program.
Through developing and launching our inaugural RAP, Cancer Council SA has committed to continue to work in partnership with our key stakeholders and sponsors to bring down cancer mortality rates across the state by increasing awareness and screening rates.
Some key features of this RAP include all staff cultural awareness training delivered by Power Aboriginal Programs and the establishment of the Reconciliation Working Group.
These steps alone have created an environment of learning about the shared histories that exist within our own workforce and safety to have conversations that we may otherwise find uncomfortable.
This is an exciting time for Cancer Council SA and we intend to use this RAP to establish a strong foundation to build towards our Innovate RAP in 2020.
The RAP is just the first step in an ever changing journey for Cancer Council SA and the communities that we serve—it’s our commitment to ensuring that we continue to work together to create a cancer free future for all Australians.
The hard work starts now to monitor and adhere to the key agreed values within the RAP. Its work that I’m incredibly proud to be involved in, and I can’t wait to see what the next chapter brings.
Cancer Council SA acknowledges the Kaurna Peoples as the traditional custodians of the Adelaide Plains and surrounding waters. We acknowledge their historical and ongoing connection to the region and we pay respect to Elders, past present and emerging.
Cancer Council also acknowledges the Board and Management for supporting this inaugural RAP, Mickey O’Brien for his smoking ceremony throughout our offices and his Welcome to Country, Garry Goldsmith as the MC, and Jeremy Johncock from Adelaide Football Club for sharing the work that Cancer Council SA and Adelaide Football Club have embarked on to reduce smoking rates across the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in South Australia.
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Cancer Council SA's Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan.