Our Vision for Reconciliation

The Children’s Hospital Foundation’s vision for reconciliation is to embed values of awareness, acknowledgement and respect of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their cultures within our organisation to contribute towards a fair, equitable and inclusive Australia.

Our Reconciliation Action Plan

In March 2019, the Children’s Hospital Foundation actively started the process of developing its first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). This is the first step in our reconciliation journey, recognising our official commitment to making our organisation a culturally aware and inclusive workplace.

The development of this RAP has been a collaboration of all departments across the organisation, including patient and family support teams, research and grants teams, and people and culture. This is not a standalone plan, but an integral part of our organisation’s overall strategy which has been widely adopted and supported across the entire organisation.

From the very beginning, the Children’s Hospital Foundation worked towards actions that were genuine, respectful, and would have positive outcomes for children’s health and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This has been the focus throughout the development of this Reconciliation Action Plan and will be the guiding principles we adhere to throughout the implementation of the plan.

About the Artwork Motif

The artwork has been created by Shara Delaney, a Nunagal, Goenbal and Ngugi woman from Quandamooka Country known as the Moreton Bay region.  Shara is the artist in residence for Snap Underwood.

The meaning behind the design is to highlight the history and commitment of the Children’s Hospital Foundation for reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families.

The main circle is the community and people coming together, which incorporates the paper chain logo of the Children’s Hospital Foundation.

The green background represents how far our services go to help the patients, from urban to rural areas.

Family

The ‘U’ symbolises people.

The ‘U’ symbolises people, a design used traditionally in Aboriginal artwork. In the circle the people are gathered around together as a family and community when sick children need it the most.

Children

Little foot prints symbolise all the children.

Little foot prints symbolise all the children who receive the services of the Children’s Hospital Foundation. The foot prints also represents their health journey.

Giving

The two hands represents an adult who gives support and services to the child.

The two hands represents an adult who gives support and services to the child. Cultural welcome packs are given to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children when they arrive in Hospital. This design also reflects the continual services providing entertainment and support programs in hospital.

Research

This design looks like a DNA strand.

This design looks like a DNA strand to represent access to world-class research, clinical treatments and critical equipment for a healing environment. With the support of a number of researchers who are working on improving the health  outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

Health

The heart symbolises health and a vision.

This design is a heart to symbolise health and the vision for every sick child to have the best possible health care. To help save children’s lives and work wonders for sick kids and their families.

A Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) is for organisations that want to clearly set out the steps you should take to prepare your organisation for reconciliation initiatives in successive RAPs.

Committing to a Reflect RAP allows your organisation to spend time scoping and developing relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders, deciding on your vision for reconciliation and exploring your sphere of influence, before committing to specific actions or initiatives.

This process will help to produce future RAPs that are meaningful, mutually beneficial and sustainable.

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