Sunbury and Cobaw Community Health is deeply saddened by the outcome of the recent Voice to Parliament Referendum. While we accept this result we will continue to stand by our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and involve them in decisions about their health and wellbeing and the types of services they need as we know that listening to community voice results in better health outcomes.
We continue to pledge our support for the Uluru Statement from the Heart and the need for Voice, Treaty and Truth. We see these as essential steps to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander self-determination, and a more equitable future for all Australians. We strive for equity and equality within all areas of our society including health, education, justice and employment and will continue to strengthen the relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the Sunbury and Macedon Ranges community for the benefit of all Australians.
Looking forward, we acknowledge the work being done by the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria, an independent and democratically elected body that represents the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in Victoria, working together towards reconciliation.
Our thoughts are with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients, staff and community members at this difficult time, and we will work with them to offer the help they need. For a list of supports click here.
To read more about our aboriginal engagement work and the development of our Reconciliation Action Plan, click here.