Reconciliation Action Plans – From good intentions to action that works: measuring the contribution of reconciliation actions in closing the gap.

Reconciliation Action Plans – From good intentions to action that works: measuring the contribution of reconciliation actions in closing the gap. Report

  • Author(s): Reconciliation Australia
  • Published: 2009

Abstract: This paper aims to enable discussions to inform the way the impact of Reconciliation Action Plans (RAPs) is measured. RAPs aim to turn good intentions into action that contributes positively to closing the gap in life expectancy between Indigenous and other Australians. Reconciliation Australia encourages organisations to implement actions that promote strong relationships, increased respect and mutually beneficial opportunities. Significant numbers of people have become engaged in the RAP program and committed to activities designed to close the gap – for example, 334 organisations employing 1.4 million people (14 percent of the Australian workforce) are engaged in the RAP program. Organisations working outside of the health sector can positively contribute by optimising social determinants of health within their sphere of interest, and mutually benefit in many ways. Success will be determined by: • The degree to which Indigenous people are engaged and consulted in choosing, implementing and monitoring actions that complement local community development plans, • The quality, scale and significance of those actions and the willingness of organisations to collectively commit to long term action-based learning, • The extent of attitude changes of Indigenous and other Australians toward each other.

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Reconciliation Australia, 2009, Reconciliation Action Plans – From good intentions to action that works: measuring the contribution of reconciliation actions in closing the gap., Report, viewed 17 August 2022, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=2804.

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