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Statement from the RANZCP President: 10 years since the National Apology to the Stolen Generations

13 February 2018
 
 
 

Today marks 10 years since the National Apology to the Stolen Generations by the Australian Government.

While the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) recognises that some moves have been made in Australia to begin to address historic deficiencies in human rights, we believe much more needs to be done.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples continue to experience discrimination, marginalisation and disempowerment. This inequity has run the length of the history of contact with European settlers, with the resultant trauma spanning generations.

Psychiatrists have an important role to play in acknowledging past trauma, and the RANZCP is committed to reconciliation and engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to reduce inequality.

The RANZCP continues to deliver activities as part of its second Reconciliation Action Plan.

“Through the RANZCP's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health Committee we are able to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members on service provision and policy development that directly supports activities to strengthen the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health workforce.”

– Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists President, Dr Kym Jenkins

For more information please see the RANZCP’s Reconciliation Action Plan 2016-2018, position statement 42 on the stolen generations and position statement 68 on the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Constitution.