Our Reconciliation Action Plan

Acknowledgement

beyondblue acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land on which our Head Office is based, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and extend our respect to all Elders and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across Australia.


A Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) program provides a framework for organisations to be inclusive in their work and contribute to national reconciliation.

Our RAP supports us to collaborate and share knowledge, skills and expertise to build strong relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities and assists us to create a culturally safe organisation.  

beyondblue’s Innovate RAP 2018-2020 will: 

  • guide our programs, services and partnerships, allowing us to work more effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, families and communities
  • ensure that we can plan and organise our work to promote deep and powerful change in our beyondblue community to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to achieve their best possible social and emotional wellbeing
  • support our journey to learn more about the world’s oldest continuing culture and develop new relationships and partnerships
  • connect and integrate with beyondblue’s existing internal strategies, frameworks and policies.  

Key initiatives of our RAP include supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment and retention, enhancing procurement opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses and building representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across all levels of beyondblue program delivery.

beyondblue will provide regular updates on the progress of our Innovate RAP 2018-2020 implementation. 

beyondblue RAP document

Our vision for reconciliation 

The majority of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia strive and aspire to lead happy, healthy, fulfilling lives. However, we recognise that much needs to be done to address depression, anxiety, suicide  and related drug and alcohol issues in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Over time and across Australia, generations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have experienced trauma, grief and loss. It's important to remember the impact that colonisation has had on the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples – and the ongoing trauma, and social and health factors, that affects their social and emotional wellbeing. 

Guided by our values of collaboration, respect, enthusiasm, excellence, innovation and integrity, beyondblue’s vision for reconciliation is for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to achieve their best possible social and emotional wellbeing and have access to culturally appropriate support. In our work, we prioritise the perspectives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and highlight the importance of empowering them to have control over their own social and emotional wellbeing. We strive to be a strong voice for challenging discriminatory behaviour by enabling discussions about reconciliation through the promotion of positive messages and actions for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s social and emotional wellbeing. 

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Artwork acknowledgement

 

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'beyondblue's Vision for reconciliation' by Marcus Lee Design. This depicts beyondblue as a centralised commitment that focuses and emanates outwards through communities, providing culturally appropriate support for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples social and emotional wellbeing.

Henry Sambono

RAP cover artwork by Henry Sambono. The painting is a visual representation of the Northern Territory Aboriginal Mental Health Worker Program – ‘Working Both Ways'. Working Both Ways embodies a collaborative approach to improving the mental health of Indigenous people within remote communities. 

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