Healing together: SA Pharmacy launches new Reconciliation Action Plan

SA Pharmacy takes another step forward in its commitment to improving Aboriginal health and wellbeing with the launch of its new Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).

The RAP builds upon the existing SA Pharmacy Aboriginal Health Strategic Plan 2023 -2027+, emphasising collaboration and learning from Aboriginal people.

It outlines concrete actions guided by strong cultural, strategic, and clinical governance. SA Pharmacy promises transparency in its progress and outcomes, actively seeking feedback from the communities it serves.

“Aboriginal health and wellbeing is more than just physical health,” says Cheyne Sullivan, SA Pharmacy Aboriginal Health Lead.

“It embodies cultural, social, emotional and spiritual needs of the family and community.”

She says SA Pharmacy recognises the crucial role reconciliation plays in achieving positive health outcomes for Aboriginal people and communities.

“More than a document, the RAP charts a course for us to work side by side with Aboriginal people, where understanding, listening and unity prevail.

“When we work, share and learn together, we can create real and lasting change.”

The RAP’s development involved extensive dialogue and a shared vision with the SA Pharmacy Aboriginal Health/RAP Working Group and voices from Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal lived experience people.

The release of the plan coincides with the 16th anniversary of the National Apology, a formal apology to members of the Stolen Generations by the Australian Parliament to acknowledge the harm inflicted upon the Stolen Generations and their descendants. It serves as a reminder of the ongoing impacts and intergenerational trauma experienced by the Stolen Generations, their families, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

The SA Pharmacy RAP represents a vital step towards reconciliation, acknowledging past injustices while paving the way for a future where Aboriginal health and wellbeing truly thrives.

Caption: SA Pharmacy RAP working group

About SA Pharmacy:

SA Pharmacy provides clinically led, cost-efficient, professional pharmacy services to 21 of South Australia’s public metropolitan and regional hospitals with on-site pharmacy departments and associated outreach sites.

It delivers pharmacy services for patients who are admitted in hospital, discharging from hospital or attending an outpatient appointment and is a Statewide Clinical Support Service that is part of the Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN).