The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) acknowledges the recent Voice to Parliament referendum outcome and reaffirms our commitment to reconciliation and improved health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
While the referendum did not yield the desired result, the APA remains hopeful that all Australians share the aspiration to bridge divisions and create a brighter future.
This referendum was not our sole opportunity for healing and the APA is committed to truth telling, cultural bravery and improving health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
First Nations peoples face significantly higher health disparities, including psychological distress and suicide rates. Racism and exclusion are clear contributors to these disparities.
The APA advocates for evidence-based, community-led approaches to health for First Nations peoples. We believe this is the path to equitable outcomes, as highlighted in our recent InMotion article on yarning about the Voice.
Despite our differences, fairness and respect must unite us. We must address the unacceptable gap in health outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
The stark disparity in health outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians is indefensible. We believe that Australians, regardless of their backgrounds, would unite in agreement that this gap must be closed.
The outcome of the referendum, and the long journey to this point, undoubtedly brings distress, especially to many First Nations peoples. The APA has observed the request from Indigenous leaders for a week of silence following the referendum, recognising the heavy nature of the past year.
Regardless of your stance or how you voted, the APA stands as a steadfast pillar of support. Crisis assistance from First Nations counsellors can be accessed at 13 YARN for any Mob in need.
Our commitment to better health outcomes for First Nations peoples is resolute. We stand as allies in the pursuit of equality, inclusion, and reconciliation, aligning with the Uluru Statement from the Heart.
We invite all to join us in this journey toward a more unified and promising future, as we work towards closing the gap in health.
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