The National Heart Foundation's Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) maps out the next phase of the Heart Foundation’s path towards reconciliation. It is recognised that reconciliation is an ongoing and evolving process, and this RAP signifies the organisation's commitment to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to reduce the unacceptable disparity in health outcomes that are suffered by First Nation’s peoples.
The National Heart Foundation's Reconciliation Action Plan builds the achievements of their inaugural RAP, which includes:
• Welcome and Acknowledgement of Country protocols established for board and executive meetings
• Incorporation of Supply Nation’s membership as part of our procurement policy and procedures
• Celebration of pivotal cultural days across the Federation in each state and territory
• Ongoing engagement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander partners in health and research
• Establishment of guidelines that highlight the importance of considering the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in program and policy development.
As a co-signatory to the national Close the Gap campaign, the National Heat Foundation are dedicated to improving the life expectancy and quality of life of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. No plan or strategy can successfully address the gap unless it specifically addresses heart, stroke and blood vessel disease. It is estimated that if the death rate from cardiovascular disease for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples were the same as the total population, life expectancy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples would increase by around 6.5 years for men and women.