Health and Wellbeing Queensland launches Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan

Colourful Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patterns featuring a kangaroo, turtle, the Cooktown orchid and people participating in sports.

Health and Wellbeing Queensland (HWQld) is proud to share that our Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) was recently endorsed by Reconciliation Australia and the Health and Wellbeing Queensland Board.  

HWQld joins more than 2,700 other corporate, government, and not-for-profit organisations that have made a formal commitment to reconciliation through the RAP program.  

Health and Wellbeing Queensland CEO, Dr Robyn Littlewood, acknowledged and thanked everyone whose contributions helped shape our Reflect RAP, and for supporting our path to reconciliation. 

‘In recognition of our formal commitment to reconciliation and health equity with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, I am delighted to announce the launch of our Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan and thank everyone who has contributed to its development,’ Dr Littlewood said. 

‘Through our RAP, we look forward to reflecting internally, and walking alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, communities and organisations, in our journey to create a healthier, fairer future for Queensland. 

‘Since our establishment in July 2019, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health equity has remained a priority for us. Over time, our programs have grown and our partnerships with communities have strengthened. 

‘Now is the time for our organisation to take the next step on our journey towards reconciliation. With the launch of our Reflect RAP we will focus on improving the internal capacity of HWQld because reconciliation is everyone’s responsibility.’ 

‘Our RAP reminds us that reconciliation is a responsibility that requires ongoing attention to what respect, relationships and opportunities mean to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.’ 

The HWQld Reflect RAP will be implemented over the next 12 months, through 13 actions under the banners of relationships, respect, opportunities, and governance. It has 41 deliverables that will set HWQld up for future more ambitious RAPs.  

Together, with our Strategic Plan 2023–2027 and Generation Queensland vision, the HWQld Reflect RAP strengthens our platform to create a healthier and fairer future for all Queenslanders, in particular, children, young people and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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Feature image: Circles of Life – the Spirit of Reconciliation, Luke Mallie (2023). Luke Mallie’s visual representation of Health and Wellbeing Queensland’s journey towards reconciliation is represented through key themes of connection, community, culture and environment, and mirrors the values of Health and Wellbeing Queensland in working to provide opportunity for all communities, families and individuals to flourish.