RACS Indigenous health position
RACS has committed to prioritising Indigenous Health, building workforce and increasing services to better meet the health needs of Māori, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people. Focus is also on collaborating effectively with our partners and supporting the communities we serve. RACS Indigenous Health Position Statement outlines RACS ongoing obligations under The Treaty of Waitangi (in Aotearoa New Zealand), The Close the Gap Statement of Intent (in Australia) and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP).
RACS Indigenous Scholarship Program aims to support those medical graduates and current trainees of the RACS who identify as Aboriginal, Torres Strait islander or Māori, on their chosen career path to becoming a Surgeon.
Māori as tangata whenua (people of the land) of New Zealand have unique rights under Te Tiriti o Waitangi (the Treaty of Waitangi) and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). Te Tiriti o Waitangi provides a foundation for policy development in Aotearoa New Zealand and means Māori values, traditions and practices are protected.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people are the traditional landowners of Australia and have occupied Australia for thousands of years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people have unique rights under the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP) adopted by the Australian Government in 2009 and The Close the Gap Statement of Intent. RACS is committed to health equity and increasing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island surgical workforce.
Indigenous Hui - 29-30 July 2023
Up to 50 surgeons and surgical Trainees of Māori, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island descent will converge on Auckland on 29-30 July to build ties and create a community for Indigenous surgeons.
RACS statement on the Voice to Parliament
Indigenous Australians have been calling for a voice in decision-making processes that affect them for more than a century.
RACS has made a commitment to improving Indigenous health outcomes in Australia and the Voice will provide an avenue to ensure that Indigenous Australians have a genuine voice in the decisions that affect their communities.