Published Jun 03 2022
June 3, Mabo Day marks the end of National Reconciliation Week. It commemorates the High Court Mabo decision to overturn the legal term terra nullius ‘land belonging to no-one’.
Recognition, respect and equality are important for health and wellbeing. Merri Health is committed to closing the health gap with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through initiatives that promote respect.
The National Reconciliation Week 2022 theme, “Be Brave. Make Change” is a challenge to all Australians to Be Brave and tackle the unfinished business of reconciliation so we can Make Change for the benefit of all Australians.
Reconciliation goes beyond this week. We have committed to 72 actions over the next two years in our new Reconciliation Action Plan 2022-2023. This includes supporting the Uluru Statement from the Heart.
The Uluru Statement from the Heart is an invitation from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to “walk with us in a movement of the Australian people for a better future”. It calls for a change to establish Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples voice to parliament enshrined in the constitution.
We support the call for Voice, Treaty and Truth in the Statement and we warmly encourage you to find out more about it and how you can support reconciliation.
Merri Health has a deep commitment to listening to and being led by the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our reconciliation journey.
We want to continuously celebrate the contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members, both past and present.