WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA) launched its Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) on Wednesday, 30 May, as part of Reconciliation Week.

Alongside the Derbarl Yerrigan (Swan River) in Rivervale, WAPHA Board chair Dr Richard Choong and Board Director Professor Rhonda Marriott joined WAPHA staff and Aboriginal community members to celebrate the launch.

WAPHA Board chair Dr Richard Choong, WAPHA Board Director Professor Rhonda Marriott, artist John Walley and WAPHA CEO Learne Durrington with the artwork titled Koorn Koorl Danjoo (Coming Together).

Professor Marriott, Board sponsor of the Reflect RAP, acknowledged that true reconciliation requires passion for change while paying heed to the impact of the past on the health and wellbeing outcomes of Aboriginal people.

“I am proud of the outcome that has resulted from considered and thoughtful discussions in the development of our Reflect RAP,” she said.

“I wholeheartedly endorse embedding WAPHA’s vision to improve health equity in Western Australia, and to improve the health status of Aboriginal people, in our RAP.

“Through this plan I, and my fellow Board directors, will champion WAPHA’s long-term commitment to build and foster respectful relationships with WA’s diverse Aboriginal people and communities.”

WAPHA Chief Executive Officer Learne Durrington said the Reflect RAP is the beginning of WAPHA’s long-term commitment to building internal respect and relationships with Aboriginal people and communities in Western Australia.

“The Reflect Rap will guide our work with Aboriginal people to better understand and respond to their needs and aspirations,” she said.

“It will also underpin collaboration with organisations that support Aboriginal people.

“Our aim is to pay our respect to cultures, to enhance relationships and reduce health disparity and mortality among Aboriginal people.”

The launch also included the unveiling of a commissioned artwork by Aboriginal artist John Walley, titled Koorn Koorl Danjoo (Coming Together).

The artwork tells the story of WAPHA’s work in primary healthcare throughout WA and the eight WAPHA regions coming together to a central meeting place, with the healing hands representing the spirit of good health and fortune to wish people well on their journey.

  • To read WA Primary Health Alliance’s Reflect RAP click here.