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Reconciliation Action Plan

In October 2017 at the annual Rural Medicine Australia Conference, ACRRM President A/Prof Ruth Stewart and ACRRM Fellow Dr Louis Peachy jointly launched the College Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).

ACRRM developed the RAP to formalise its commitment to reconciliation and to explore opportunities to further enhance our efforts toward its advancement. 

This will include investigating opportunities and setting performance goals within our administrative and governance structures.

ACRRM recognises that the key contribution it can make to Closing the Gap is through providing appropriate training and support to rural doctors and most importantly from its recruitment, training and support of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Fellows, and this will continue to be its priority.

ACRRM has a unique role by virtue of its special expertise and dedication to training and supporting doctors, and especially Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander doctors, to provide high quality health care and improve health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in rural and remote communities. 

Serving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients and their families is core business for most rural and remote doctors and this is reflected in the priority focus given to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander healthcare in ACRRM's training, assessment, and professional development programs. 

ACRRM is also committed to contributing collaboratively to broader national efforts to advance the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and to address persisting health inequities. 

This RAP is another important step in ACRRM's commitment to reconciliation. It will be adopted at all levels including the Board, Councils, staff, and membership and implemented across the breadth of College activities.

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