Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Guild’s RAP to close gap on reconciliation

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia Queensland Branch has developed and received endorsement from Reconciliation Australia for the Guild’s first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).

Branch President Professor Trent Twomey said the RAP is a commitment to support the national reconciliation movement.

“Nine pharmacies in Queensland supply PBS medicines via the Remote Area Aboriginal Health Services (RAAHS) program under section 100 of the National Health Act 1953,” he said.

“There are 1,128 community pharmacies in Queensland which are a vital part of our health system and have the potential to make an even bigger contribution to the health of all Queenslanders.

“Our ‘Reflect’ Reconciliation Action Plan provides a pathway to improve the ways in which we connect, recognise and provide positive health outcomes to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.”

Professor Twomey believes the RAP will also have a positive impact on the Guild and other areas of the community.

“Our Reconciliation Action Plan will support the wider community, by developing closer relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People and organisations, and, where possible, assist in the delivery of better health outcomes by investigating opportunities to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people or organisations to improve the services we provide,” he said.

“Although we’re at the very beginning of our journey, we look forward to sharing our learnings and working together with the wider Pharmacy Guild of Australia and our members to implement our RAP.”

Click here to view the Guild’s Queensland Branch Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan.

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