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RACGP backs constitutional recognition


Paul Hayes


5/11/2018 12:31:04 PM

Following its endorsement of the Uluru statement, the RACGP has again lent its voice to the subject of constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia.

RACGP President Dr Harry Nespolon said the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is one of the college’s ‘greatest priorities’.
RACGP President Dr Harry Nespolon said the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is one of the college’s ‘greatest priorities’.

The ‘Uluru statement from the heart’ calls for an independent voice enshrined in the Australian Constitution, and a Makarrata Commission to supervise agreement-making and truth-telling with governments.
 
The statement is supported by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Australia, and has been endorsed by the RACGP.
 
‘The RACGP is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It is one of our greatest priorities,’ President Dr Harry Nespolon told newsGP.
 
‘Constitutional change of this kind must be considered a national priority to be successful.
 
‘The RACGP supports developing the Uluru model so that it can be put to the broader community for agreement. We encourage our members to support this process.’ 
 
The RACGP previously endorsed the Uluru statement as part of its submission to the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition Relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples 2018 (the Committee), which was formed with the purpose of investigating the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples within the Australian constitution.
 
The Committee is due to present its final report by the end of this month.
 
‘The RACGP strongly supports the recommendations in the Uluru statement as a way to make real progress to close the gap in health inequality,’ Dr Nespolon said.
 
‘The Uluru Statement encourages a stronger voice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, who are the best placed to make decisions about what is important to them and how to make the changes needed to make a difference.’

NAIDOC-statement-hero.jpgThe RACGP endorsed the ‘Uluru statement from the heart’ during NAIDOC week. 
 
According to Dr Anita Watts, an Aboriginal GP, academic and member of the RACGP Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health board, the Uluru statement and constitutional recognition are vital to the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
 
‘Without recognition, there cannot be self-determination for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples,’ Dr Watts told newsGP earlier this year.
 
‘Health outcomes are inextricably linked to self-determination. There is overwhelming evidence to support improvement in health outcomes when Indigenous peoples take greater control over their health.’



Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander constitutional recognition Uluru statement



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A/Prof Boffa   7/11/2018 10:39:15 PM

The RACGP has no business involving itself in Indigenous politics that nothing whatsoever to do with health
I don’t remember a referendum asking my opinion as a member on the RACGP’s so called endorsement


Dr. Boris Mezhov   17/11/2018 6:20:09 PM

I believe that everyone who is seeking for special recognition is the Australian Citizens , aren't they? What else this beautiful Country owes to them?
Any society must be very careful with selecting any special group for ''Special Recognition''
It usually brings nothing but split and disruption into Community. There are numerous tragic examples in the human history .
Our College was created for medical purpose. Please stop Social Engineering and go back to Medicine.


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