Partnering with
First Nation Australians
and Māori people

CHA as a bi-national organisation is committed to supporting health services and professionals in partnering with First Nation Australians and Māori people. We recognise the disparity in health outcomes for these communities and pledge our ongoing support to the goal of achieving health equity.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have called for a community-led, strengths-based approach, one that values their experience. CHA is committed to supporting health services and professionals in partnering with First Nation Australians and Maori people.

Learn more about some of the ways we seek to create partnerships and share innovations to meet this goal:

CHA Acknowledgement of Country

Children’s Healthcare Australasia (CHA) acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia, including the Ngunnawal People as the Traditional Custodians of the lands upon which our office is located. We recognise the continuation of cultural, spiritual, and educational practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and pay our respects to ancestors and Elders, past, present and emerging. 

In recognition that we are a bi-national organisation, CHA also acknowledges Māori as tangata whenua and Treaty of Waitangi partners in Aotearoa New Zealand. We recognise the tikanga of Maori and support their right to tino rangatiratanga. 

CHA Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Paediatric Care Network

One of our professional networking groups – this is a place for both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal clinicians and health care professionals to discuss and share learnings about effective ways to deliver culturally safe care to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander children and their families and communities.

Sharing Information and Resources

Member services have the opportunity to connect with peers and share learning to improve their ability to deliver safe equitable healthcare for all. 

Recent presentations

NOTE: These conversations and presentations are hosted in our online Members Community. These pages can only be accessed by our members when they are logged into their accounts.

“The Manual” – Culturally responsive suicide prevention resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities.

Paediatric Rheumatic Heart Disease – providing culturally safe co-designed models of care, embedding culture, and moving beyond the biomedical.  

Resources

CHA supports services to work together to address inequalities in our healthcare system. The following resources outline frameworks with potential to improve outcomes:

Closing the Gap

In 2019, the Coalition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peak Organisations and the Council of Australian Governments signed the Partnership Agreement on Closing the Gap. 

“This is an unprecedented shift in the way governments have previously worked to close the gap. It acknowledges that to close the gap, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people must determine, drive and own the desired outcomes, alongside all governments”. 

The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

An international framework of best practice for engagement with Indigenous Peoples.

Partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people must continue during the development of policies – and the projects and programs designed to implement them – and the evaluation of outcomes. 

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