It’s hard enough to get a handful of health groups to agree on anything but there is one cause important enough to unite over a hundred peak medical and health groups – the need to work together to improve the health of Indigenous Australians.
Today an important campaign is being launched at Parliament House in Canberra which highlights the link between health and wellbeing and constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The RECOGNISE HEALTH initiative is a project of the Lowitja Institute in conjunction with RECOGNISE, the people’s movement to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Australian Constitution and to remove discrimination from it.
More than 100 of the nation’s leading health bodies have signed a statement urging Australians to join them and support constitutional recognition, saying it will help to improve health and wellbeing and make greater inroads on health disadvantage and inequality.
These include the Australian Indigenous Doctors Association, NACCHO, the Australian Medical Association, CATSINaM, the College of Nursing, Catholic Health Australia and the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association.READ MORE