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Eye and Ear launch second Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)

This week we virtually launched our second Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), our Innovate RAP. This follows on from our Reflect RAP that was completed in February this year.

“The development of this plan is a significant second step on our journey towards reconciliation. Our staff, Executive and Board are committed to delivering the actions outlined in this plan and to further embed cultural awareness amongst our staff.” said Dr Sherene Devanesen, Chair, Board of Directors.

Acknowledgements and thanks were given to our community and partners.  Dr Devanesen commented: “I’d particularly like to thank the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (VAHS) for their ongoing commitment to our Healthy Ears Outreach Clinic and our Ophthalmology Outreach Clinic. Both of these ventures have proven to be successful models for delivering high quality care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients in a culturally safe environment. We would also like to acknowledge the significant support that the Rural Workforce Agency Victoria (RWAV) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) have provided.”

Carleen and Natalie, our Aboriginal Health Liaison Officers, also revealed their stunning new name for their unit ‘Mirring Ba Wirring’. The name and permission came from Wurundjeri Elder Aunty Gail Smith and  from the Wurundjeri Land Council  who are the tradition custodians of the land where the Eye and Ear Hospital is located. It is the language of Woi Wurrung, Taungurung & Dja Dja Wurrung and means eyes and ears.

When it is safe we look forward to bringing our community together to celebrate and acknowledge the changes being effected, as we work together to close the vision and hearing health care gap.

The plan is available here for you to read.

It is an accessible PDF suitable for screen readers and those using visual aids.

It details the Eye and Ear's planned actions for working towards reconciliation and closing the eye and ear, nose and throat (ENT) health gap for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients.

Ian Leong, Executive Director Redevelopment, Planning and Infrastructure Natalie Tieri, Aboriginal Health Liaison Officer, The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital 	Carleen Miller, Aboriginal Health Liaison Officer, The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital Renee Chmielewski, Manager Planning and Patient Experience, The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital (nb this image was taken pre COVID-19 physical distancing restrictions)

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