Women’s Health West recognises that the land on which we work and provide our services always was and always will be Aboriginal land. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.
We proudly acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Melbourne’s west, their rich cultures, diversity, histories and knowledges, and the deep contribution they make to the life of this region.
We acknowledge the ongoing impacts of colonisation, as well as the strength and resilience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and express solidarity with the ongoing struggle for land rights, self-determination, sovereignty, and recognition of past injustices.
Women’s Health West’s Reconciliation Action Plan 2020-2022
WHW is currently undergoing a significant Re-Brand Project, from September 2020 and into 2021. This means that the vital and exciting opportunity to engage an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander artist for our Innovate RAP artwork will occur from March 2021. Currently on the first page of our RAP, we have the amazing artwork by local Aboriginal artist Melinda Kirby, that is hung in our reception area.
After consulting with our Aboriginal Advisory Committee, we collectively felt it important to proceed with our internal staff launch in October 2020, so that we can communicate and commence the vital work of reconciliation far sooner, ensuring WHW staff are engaged and committed to playing their part. From March 2021, we look forward to celebrating more broadly with our local community and the unveiling of our Innovate RAP artwork in future is something we are committed to, and greatly excited by.