The Pharmacy Guild of Australia says it is finalising its first national Reconciliation Action Plan
The plan is set to be launched after formal endorsement by Reconciliation Australia, it says.
The National President of the Guild, Adjunct Professor Trent Twomey, said he was proud to be able to announce during National Reconciliation Week that development of a national Reconciliation Action Plan was nearing completion.
“This is an exciting and very important document which highlights the Guild’s, and our members’, commitment to reconciliation across the country,” Adjunct Professor Twomey said.
“It is being developed in close consultation with stakeholders and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples.
“The theme of National Reconciliation Week this year is ‘More than a word’ and this is exactly the basis on which our plan is being developed.
“Reconciliation is all about action and our plan will detail the very real and positive actions our member pharmacies can take towards reconciliation.”
Adjunct Professor Twomey said community pharmacies, as pivotal elements of the national health system, were critical in providing positive health outcomes to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
“This is just one example of how reconciliation must work in a very real sense,” he said.
“Providing health services, often in very remote locations and at times with the pharmacist being the only healthcare professional available, is a tangible example of what we all must do more of.
“We must act on reconciliation as ‘more than a word’ and provide real and demonstrable outcomes to the process.”
National Reconciliation Week, which runs from 27 May to 3 June, marks almost three decades of Australia’s formal reconciliation process