Our Reconciliation achievements

Our Reconciliation achievements

Since launching our first Reconciliation Action Plan in 2013 we have made a number of achievements in understanding Aboriginal culture, creating culturally safe environments and increasing employment opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people.

 Two caregivers at St John of God Health Care 

Our achievements

  • During the life of our Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan 2013 - 2015 we have employed 66 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with 42 people currently in employment across our hospitals and services
  • We are the only national health provider to have signed the Australian Employment Covenant
  • More than 80 per cent of our senior executives and managers across Australia have undertaken cross-cultural awareness formation
  • All members of our Board and Trustees have undertaken cross-cultural awareness formation
  • We implemented an Indigenous Internship Program in 2014 through a partnership with CareerTrackers. As a result, we welcomed eight interns during the 2014 summer university break and increased this number to 12 in 2016. Interns were hosted in pathology, workforce and hospitals in Western Australia and Victoria
  • We actively partner with more than 18 Aboriginal organisations throughout Western Australia, Victoria and New South Wales
  • We sponsored a number of events in Victoria and Western Australia during Reconciliation and NAIDOC weeks
  • We have developed meaningful relationships with local elders and Aboriginal health officers within the communities in which we operate
  • Acknowledgement of Traditional Custodians and Welcome to Country are now established practice across the organisation
  • We have Memorandums of Understanding in the areas of ongoing formation and mental health support
  • School engagement activities are supporting young Aboriginal students to consider a career in health care in all its facets
  • In the first year of joining Supply Nation, we purchased approximately $500,000 of goods from Indigenous businesses.