Aboriginal Programs ​

​Reconciliation at Mercy Health

Mercy Health is engaged in a variety of initiatives that support the journey towards reconciliation in Australia including:

* ongoing provision of culturally specific services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients at both Mercy Hospital for Women and Werribee Mercy Hospital
* the co-signing of the Close the Gap Statement of Intent by Mercy Health CEO Stephen Cornelissen, which aims to achieve equality in health status and life expectancy between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and other Australian cultures by 2030
* acknowledging significant dates including NAIDOC Week, Reconciliation Week, and Sorry Day by holding events which involve the local Aboriginal community and connect with the cultural significance of these dates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders throughout Australia
* the development of an Aboriginal Employment Plan (2012-2015) which is designed to increase employment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in all areas and at all levels of the organisation
* the Aboriginal Health Reference Committee (Mercy Hospital for Women) which provides advice and recommendations with the aim of improving health services for the Aboriginal community
* the ongoing development of the Reconciliation Action Plan.



Aboriginal Programs staff L-R: Jodie Lovett, Jane Britten, Jo Pappas, Marika Jackomos

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