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Reconciliation Action Plan

Audiology Australia has long worked to advance the hearing health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples by prioritising and advocating for their hearing health needs.

Our ‘Reflect’ Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) is more than a statement of intention – it is an expression of inclusion and respect.

Our reconciliation journey

Reconciliation is for the benefit of all Australians. It is a journey that aims to strengthen relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and non-Indigenous peoples, bridging the gaps that history has created and forging a brighter path forward together.

Development of our first Reflect RAP has been an ongoing, evolving journey of listening, learning, and understanding.

This achievement and the promise and commitment that follows from it, reflects our dedication to fostering positive relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and organisations. It is an important step to recognising the invaluable contributions these communities make to Australia’s heritage, culture, and identity.

    Our Reflect RAP is a reaffirming and strengthening of our work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander led organisations and audiologists within our membership and networks, and a signal of our commitment to advocacy and action to strengthen hearing health and workforce outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

    Only the start of our journey, we are proud to take this powerful and very real step towards a future built on unity where reconciliation is at the forefront of our actions.

    Key initiatives

    Closing the gap

    Audiology Australia is calling on government to commit to long-term funding and wide-scale policy change to reduce and prevent otitis media and close the gap on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Hearing Health.

    Read our Hearing Health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples position statement

    NATIONAL RECONCILIATION WEEK (27 MAY – 3 jUNE)

    Audiology Australia supports National Reconciliation Week, which aims to strengthen the relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous peoples.

    We have work to do in the hearing health sector, recognising that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have significantly higher rates of hearing loss and ear disease than non-Indigenous Australians. We applaud and support the work of audiologists who are helping to forge a brighter path forward together.

    Read about National Reconciliation Week

    About the artwork

    Designed by Bitja (Dixon Patten) a proud Gunnai, Gunditjmara, Dhudhuroa and Yorta Yorta artist and designer, AudA’s RAP artwork represents the art of Deep-Listening; a spiritual virtue, based on respect, understanding, quietness, awareness and patience.