Our Vision for Reconciliation is ensuring that the delivery of our services is such that all people are afforded equally positive outcomes regardless of their cultural outlook.
Cyrenian House is committed to applying this vision in practice across all aspects of organisational governance and planning, service delivery and all relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals and organisations. Through the Cyrenian House Reconciliation Action Plan, we aim to further develop positive relationships and ways of working that will contribute to improving the health, wellbeing and dignity of all Australians.
Cyrenian House aims to:
Deliver a service that provides consumer focussed, culturally competent practice and targeted interventions that meet consumer needs.
- Work towards reducing the 8 year life expectancy gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through equitable access to culturally appropriate treatment for alcohol and other drug use and co-occurring mental health issues.
- Provide and promote opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation and employment.
- Ensure equal access to our facilities, services and information is afforded to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples within the community.
We recognise and value:
The unique status of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the original Custodians of Australia’s lands and waters.
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander spirituality, cultures, languages and heritage.
- The great diversity of cultural values, backgrounds, living situations and aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
- The rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians to self-determination and equitable participation in the community.
- The significant gap in health, well-being and overall life expectancy between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
- The social and economic challenges experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
- The significant commitment necessary to address the disadvantage faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
We commit to:
- Actively seeking and listening to the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and continuing to make a meaningful
contribution to reconciliation.
Our RAP directly influences our organisational planning processes, our relationships, the way we communicate, and who we are in the community.
It is our intention that our RAP is incorporated in all aspects of Cyrenian House operations, policies, practices and procedures, governance and
continuous quality improvement systems.
Our RAP Pillars and Deliverables are owned and actioned by the service Managers in site specific and appropriate ways for their services. Cyrenian House workers are actively engaged in the reconciliation efforts of the organisation through continuous quality improvement processes, ongoing professional development and relationship building.
Our Stretch RAP 2020 – 2023 signals our continued public commitment to the reconciliation process. Our RAP is a dynamic document and has been developed, and will continue to be refreshed, in consultation with Cyrenian House workers, consumers and partners. It provides us with a framework for the future, detailing steps and priorities to make a difference and achieve respectful partnerships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.