Northern Territory General Practice Education (NTGPE) has launched its Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) at an official event in Darwin today, marking an important step in the organisation’s reconciliation journey.
The Innovate RAP, formally endorsed by Reconciliation Australia, is NTGPE’s latest RAP and outlines the regional training organisation’s strong commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples throughout the Northern Territory.
Chief Executive Officer Stephen Pincus said the RAP also sets out NTGPE’s approach for enhancing relationships between staff, program participants and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the NT.
“The key outcome for NTGPE is to provide GPs with the requisite Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural education, skills, knowledge and experience to be clinically effective and culturally competent, and also capable of providing quality care in urban, rural and remote locations,” said Mr Pincus.
“Our latest RAP supports the development of culturally appropriate health care with the aim of helping to Close the Gap in Aboriginal health outcomes.
“We recognise that the considerable gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and fellow Australians in life expectancy and overall health outcomes is unacceptable, and this RAP is part of our commitment to reducing that gap.”
NTGPE RAP Committee Chair Lavina Murray said the Indigenous artwork featured in the Innovate RAP was designed by award-winning NT-based Aboriginal artist Cian Mungatj McCue, a descendant of the Larrakia, Yanyuwa and Mulluk-Mulluk people.
“The artwork recognises the importance of an inclusive and culturally-appropriate approach for NTGPE to work with local communities in achieving its vision of leading quality general practice training for a healthier future,” said Ms Murray.
Mr Pincus said the Innovate RAP is both an opportunity and an invitation for NTGPE to expand its understanding of its core strengths and deepen its relationship with its community, staff, and stakeholders.
“NTGPE is the only regional training organisation for GP registrars in the Northern Territory and we have developed a good reputation locally and within the medical education community for our work in cultural education and support for health professionals,” he said.
“We are committed to improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health outcomes in the NT, and have a team of dedicated medical and cultural educators experienced in Aboriginal health training in the NT.
“Reconciliation is about meeting together, recognising me in you, and seeing the differences that take us places we would never go on our own, hoping that sharing the present offers much more for the future.
“This plan is a testament to NTGPE’s reconciliation achievements, and we look forward to working together to achieve further targets and true reconciliation.”
NTGPE joins over 1,100 dedicated corporate, government, and not-for-profit organisations that have formally committed to reconciliation through the RAP program since its inception in 2006.
Since 2006, RAPs have provided a framework for organisations to leverage their structures and diverse spheres of influence to support the national reconciliation movement.
NTGPE’s Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan can be viewed in full here.
To find out more about NTGPE, visit https://ntgpe.org