Peter Mac is committed to reducing the health and societal inequalities faced by Australia’s First Peoples, and lifting the standard of care for our Indigenous patients living with cancer.

On 6 December 2021, Peter Mac launched its

 (RAP), demonstrating the organisation’s commitment to supporting the unique healthcare needs of First Nations Peoples and contributing towards a more equitable health service in Australia.

The Innovate RAP will act as a compass to guide Peter Mac towards action and to track its progress.

The Plan is structured around Reconciliation Australia’s Innovate framework that focuses on developing and strengthening relationships with First Nations Peoples, engaging staff and stakeholders in reconciliation, and developing innovative strategies to empower Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

A series of activities to better understand our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients informed the development of Peter Mac’s RAP, including an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Safety Audit, establishment of Peter Mac’s Aboriginal Advisory Committee, and development of a Cultural Safety training program for staff.

Peter Mac recognises that the historical mistreatment of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples has caused intergenerational trauma and loss within this community. 1

This trauma continues to contribute to the health and other inequalities First Peoples of Australia face today, including increased rates of cancer incidence and mortality compared to non-Indigenous people.

As a premier cancer treatment hospital and research institution, it is Peter Mac’s responsibility to provide culturally appropriate, safe and responsive health care and to lead the way to delivering better health outcomes for First Nations Peoples.

To support this objective, Peter Mac has worked collaboratively with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee and First Nations patients to develop a patient guide.

 highlights available services for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples and includes information on the importance of discharge planning, keeping appointments and how to provide feedback to Peter Mac.

Peter Mac Chief Executive and Co-Chair of the RAP Working Group, Professor Shelley Dolan, extends her gratitude to Peter Mac’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee, members of the RAP Working Group, especially Co-Chair and elder Aunty Pam Pedersen OAM, Reconciliation Australia and community members who assisted throughout the development of the RAP.

“I would like to thank everybody who so generously shared their personal stories and experiences – your contributions have helped us to understand the importance of this work on the lives of our patients and their families, and importantly, to shape a way forward.”

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1. https://healingfoundation.org.au/intergenerational-trauma/