Our Vision for Reconciliation

The Children’s Hospital Foundation’s vision for reconciliation is for happy, healthy kids, whilst contributing to a culturally safe and brighter future for all children. Through supporting Children’s Health Queensland and embedding our values of awareness, acknowledgement and respect of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their cultures within our organisation, the Children’s Hospital Foundation will contribute towards a fair, equitable and inclusive Australia.

This Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) reinforces our ongoing commitment to reconciliation and marks the next step in our journey following on from our first Reflect RAP launched in 2019. Building on the strong foundation we have in place across the organisation, our Innovate RAP is focused on developing and strengthening relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, engaging staff and stakeholders in reconciliation, and developing innovative strategies to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The development of our Innovate RAP has been a collaboration of all departments across the organisation, including patient and family support teams, grants and marcomms 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 both our Reconciliation Action Plan’s and will continue to be the guiding principles we adhere to throughout the implementation of this 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.

An Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) outlines actions that we want to work towards achieving for our organisation’s unique vision for reconciliation. Commitments within this RAP allow our organisation to be aspirational and innovative in order to help our organisation to gain a deeper understanding of its sphere of influence, and establish the best approach to advance reconciliation.

An Innovate RAP focuses on developing and strengthening relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, engaging staff and stakeholders in reconciliation, developing and piloting innovative strategies to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Reconciliation Australia

Acknowledgement of Country

The Children’s Hospital Foundation acknowledges and pays respect to the past, present and future Traditional Custodians and Elders of this nation and the continuation of cultural, spiritual and educational practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.