What can you do to support National Reconciliation Week?


Published May 27 2022

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) 27 May - 3 June  is a time for us to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements, and to explore how we can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

Merri Health is strongly committed to reconciliation and to closing the health gap with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through initiatives that promote respect, equality, and recognition.

Merri Health CEO, Tassia Michaleas said: "We have committed to 72 actions over the next two years to advance reconciliation in our new Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan, launched in April. The plan builds on our reconciliation achievements so far, and recognises the work we still need to do to close the health gap and see meaningful change for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.”

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 efforts.

To ensure we have meaningful outcomes, respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, their culture and knowledge must remain central to our work,” Tassia Michaleas said.

This year’s NRW theme is Be Brave Make Change. Change begins  with brave actions in our  daily life – where we live, work, play and socialise. We can take these actions every day, not just during NRW.

Here’s 5 ways you can support reconciliation.

  1. Deliver an Acknowledgement of Country in gatherings or meetings.
  2. Celebrate culture! Attend an event or host your own! See what NRW events are near you.  
  3. Broaden your knowledge base – subscribe to the Koori Mail or watch a film!
  4. Be a brave ally.
  5. Support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses. Contractors, suppliers, producers, catering, gifts, the list goes on! 

View our Reconciliation Action Plan.  

Reconciliation Australia said: "Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples".