The ACSEP Board, staff and members are proud to launch the College's first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). This is a practical plan of action endorsed by Reconciliation Australia that is built on relationships, respect and opportunities; and will provide a framework for the College to realise our vision for reconciliation. The College must play an important role in bridging the gap that currently exists between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, particularly in health standards; while also looking to create social change and economic opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
As Sport and Exercise Physicians our members recognise the importance of exercise in the prevention and treatment of common and often serious medical conditions, such as arthritis, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, mental illness and many cancers. Equally, sport and exercise has the unique power to break down barriers and unite communities. Historically, sport and exercise has played an important part of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, and we believe that Sport and Exercise Medicine must be utilised to improve health standards and outcomes.
Under the framework of our first RAP the ACSEP will:
The College acknowledge that our reconciliation journey will be a lifelong one, and that this Reflect RAP represents the first of many steps towards achieving our vision of true reconciliation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.