Illustrations reproduced from Ngathu Bimbi Bulba (My Safe Place) published by True Relationships & Reproductive Health 2014.
Reproduced with permission of the artist, Caroline Cox. “This artwork represents the different places the children feel safe (yellow colour) the purple with dots are people that create the safe environment and the straight lines show how people and places are connected.”
Our vision for reconciliation
True Relationships and Reproductive Health’s vision for reconciliation is an Australian society which upholds Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s perspectives and unique place in Australian history and social fabric through respectful relationships in all of their diversity, and which creates opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to have equality of access to sexual and reproductive health, and to safe and respectful relationships.
In the achievement of this vision, our role is to support the delivery of quality services to Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and engage in the development of culturally appropriate policies and practices which reflect the needs and aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
We explicitly recognise the importance of partnerships with communities and community controlled organisations to achieve this vision. True aims to eliminate obstacles that prevent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples from enjoying positive sexual and reproductive health outcomes and safe and respectful relationships.
Our Innovate RAP 2017-2020
At True we recognise that for genuine reconciliation to occur, we must take actions to build stronger relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, create greater respect and build sustainable opportunities. True recognises our obligation to create spaces that are welcoming and accessible, in order to provide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with services that are culturally inclusive. True recognises our obligation to seek and create opportunities to work in genuine partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and organisations. True acknowledges and appreciates the strengths and resilience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities.
True acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land and community. In particular, we acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land where we have our offices, and in the regions that we service.
We pay our respect to them, their culture and to their Elders both past and present.
Through our commitment to reconciliation we identified that a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) was an integral step in strengthening and formalising True’s reconciliation journey. This Innovate RAP will guide the organisation as it seeks to continue and also develop new ways to work together with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and organisations towards a future of justice and equality for First Australians and other Australians. This RAP is just one step in the achievement of this vision.
For further information please contact the Reconciliation Action Plan Convenor on (07) 3250 0240.