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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:

  • Build on current relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and forge newly mutually beneficial relationships which will contribute to our vision for reconciliation and best place Sport and Exercise Physicians to meet the needs of the Australian community
  • Promote understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples culture, land and history to staff, members and other stakeholders to support a culturally competent Sport and Exercise Physician community
  • Actively seek opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples that provide improved outcomes in the overall health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities
  • Foster an organisational culture that encourages an increase in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff, Fellows and Registrars

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.