Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
ITEC Health and Safe Pathways acknowledge the Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures; and to elders both past and present.
We recognise the need to deliver culturally respectful and responsive services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Commissioning of an Aboriginal Elder
All of our Plans including our therapeutic approach will be vetted by an Aboriginal Elder that we will commission to ensure that our deliberations are culturally respectful.
This action is but one example of our commitment to working collaboratively and engaging respectfully with Aboriginal Leaders. Such engagement will educate our executive and direct care staff, leading to improved service delivery to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people.
Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)
The ITEC Health & Safe Pathways RAP sets out agreed actions to foster respectful relationships and create opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Over the duration of our RAP we will be required to report our progress publicly and to Reconciliation Australia.
Affirmative Action Plan (AAP)
We also recognise the need to increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff directly working with children and young people in care and within the management structures of our organisation.
We are concurrently developing an Affirmative Action Plan (AAP) to ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are employed in critical roles within our programs.