St John of God Subiaco Hospital ‘in this together’ for National Reconciliation Week
National Reconciliation week is held from 27 May to 3 June annually and is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.
24 May 2020This year’s theme, in this together, is very timely and is a reminder that we are all in this together whether in a crisis or for reconciliation.
St John of God Subiaco Hospital Caregiver Kelly Reynolds says reconciliation in health care is especially important; it means creating a culturally secure space with safe and equitable care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
“I’m from Esperance, WA and am an Esperance Nyungar.”
“To me, reconciliation is recognising, understanding, respecting and appreciating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories, and integrating these in every aspect of society.”
“With reconciliation comes unity, along with equal and equitable rights and greater opportunities,” she said.
Kelly completed an internship at St John of God Subiaco Hospital with the gynaecology research team during the two years of her biomedical science degree through the Career Trackers Indigenous Internship.
She is still working at the hospital and one day hopes to be a leader in the Aboriginal health space, to help improve their health outcomes.
To recognise the significance of the week, St John of God Subiaco Hospital shared daily communications with nurses, patients and their visitors about how our hospital is actively encouraging reconciliation.
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