Planning to take action

7 September 2021

Carl Francia features in the Australian Physiotherapy Association's publication InMotion speaking about the power of collaboration to create Reconciliation across the country.

Carl Francia, APAM, a Saibai Koedal clansman of the Torres Strait Islands, works as a staff physiotherapist at The Prince Charles Hospital in Queensland and is an associate lecturer at UQ's School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences.

"To me reconciliation is about telling the truth about our history, about understanding and valuing each other’s cultures and addressing inequities to move forward and write the next chapter together.

"For me, a RAP intends to enshrine these visions."

Reconciliation Australia describes a RAP as a strategic document that supports an organisation’s business plans to develop Reconciliation.

As Carl explains, it includes practical actions that will drive an organisation’s contribution to Reconciliation both internally and in the communities in which it operates, to make an impact within its sphere of influence.

"As more and more organisations adopt RAPs, imagine a sphere spreading out across its influence and those spheres overlapping.

When Reconciliation is all over the country and those spheres overlap, those are opportunities to work together and collaborate.

Not work in our silos, but work together to make impacts across organisations and across sectors."

In December 2018, UQ launched its first RAP.

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