APA Reconciliation Action Plan

The APA has developed a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) to ensure our Association creates meaningful relationships and sustainable opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

As part of the RAP, the APA will encourage and assist physiotherapists in gaining greater understanding and knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, land, and history.

Our vision for reconciliation is that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have equitable access to physiotherapy to help in Closing the Gap in life expectancy between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the rest of Australia.

The RAP has been structured around three key areas of: relationships, respect, and opportunities. However, in order to align the activities with the APA's strategic goals, the plan has been further broken down to reflect the APA's three pillars of: value, knowledge and voice. This will enable the APA to better incorporate RAP activities into the APA's day-to-day operations as well as the organisation's strategic direction.

The APA will also aim to ensure inclusive and equitable opportunities are provided to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to train as physiotherapists, and to receive physiotherapy treatment. The value this contribution will provide is to enhance mutual respect, relationships, and the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Close the Gap

Close the Gap Day is taking place on 16 March 2017. The APA supports the Close the Gap campaign and calls on all Australians to recommit to a long-term vision for health equality. We are also calling on governments to commit to a long-term multi-party focus on health equality, to adequate resourcing for health and to genuine partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and organisations. 

Find out more about Close the Gap Day and how to get involved.