This week, on Thursday 18 March, is National Close the Gap Day. This is an important day and will provide us with the opportunity to reflect on the College’s work in improving life outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities.
Recently, our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health Committee undertook work to review and update the RANZCP Position Statement 42: Acknowledging the Stolen Generations. We recognise the importance of continuing to acknowledge the devastating impacts of the forced removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families and pay our respects to the individuals of the Stolen Generation and to their families and communities across Australia.
The more we can embed our commitment to closing the gap into all aspects of the College’s work, from individual member commitments through to overarching Board strategies, the more meaningful action we can contribute to achieving Indigenous health equality.