Media Release

Addressing injustice and racism is our business.  

We will only realise our vision of a truly inclusive community by working alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to upend the systems that are killing First Nations people in this country and causing avoidable stigma, disability and issues in social and emotional wellbeing.  

We’re not where we want or need to be when it comes to reconciliation in this country and within our organisation.  

We also recognise that mental health and community service organisations, including ours, have not served Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people well. 

Racism is a health issue. It contributes to poorer mental health outcomes, and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disabilities means they face double the discrimination. 

In our Reconciliation Action Plan we make public commitments to change the way we do our work – and this week we’re setting new commitments for the next two years.  

Our Reconciliation Action Plan is informed by what First Nations leaders are asking for and is being co-created with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff from Wellways, and we will be publishing our commitments so we are accountable to our community.

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For comment contact: 
Scott Samson, Public Affairs, Wellways Australia
media@wellways.org | (03) 8486 4200 | 0429 022 248