APM recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples as the First Australians
We acknowledge the special relationship that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have with their traditional lands and waters, as well as their unique history and diverse culture, customs and circumstances.
APM’s vision for reconciliation is to work with and contribute to positive and lasting changes in the life circumstances of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Reconciliation Action Plan
In 2011, APM started our journey to reconciliation with our first Reconciliation Action Plan.
It formalised APM's commitment to our vision for reconciliation and provided structure for the steps to change our policies and practices, better supporting our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff and clients.
By creating employment opportunities, showing respect and developing relationships, APM hopes to contribute to closing the unacceptable gap that exists between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the wider Australian community.
Our second Reconciliation Action Plan was endorsed by Reconciliation Australia and started in 2014.
Our current plan was launched on August 2, 2017, by Australia's Minister for Indigenous Health Hon. Ken Wyatt, with representatives from our Indigenous staff and Indigenous organisations working with us to improve the opportunities for our Indigenous clients.
The plan identifies increasing strategies to engage with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff, clients and local communities to build relationships and culturally appropriate services.
This includes the establishment of our ‘Yarning Circle’ which is a professional peer group/network of APM’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander team members who meet monthly (by phone/Skype) to support each other, share ideas and participate in professional education discussions.