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Now more than ever: it’s time to stand up for reconciliation

This week at Nurse Midwife Health Program Australia, we stand alongside our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nurses, midwives and students to say: now more than ever – it’s time for true reconciliation.

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) from 27 May to 23 June, is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements, and for each of us to see how we can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

The NRW 2024 theme Now More Than Ever is a reminder to all of us that, no matter what, the fight for justice and the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people will, and must, continue. In treaty making, in truth-telling, in understanding our history, in education and in tackling racism. 

Recent research shows us that truth-telling is more vital than ever on the path to recognition and reconciliation. At Nurse Midwife HPA we are committed to truth-telling as a way towards reconciliation with First Nations peoples. Go to Reconciliation Australia: Coming to terms with the past?

Today, we acknowledge the invaluable contribution of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nurses, midwives and students. We recognise the additional load they carry every day at work and in their communities and applaud their strength and resilience.

Read Marni’s story on the cultural load of an Aboriginal midwife.

We’re walking in two worlds all of the time and it's really hard to switch in between

Reconciliation is about strengthening relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous peoples. Let’s take this opportunity to reflect on our shared history and pledge to build a more inclusive and promising future together.

Find out more Reconciliation Australia: Reconciliation Week 

For more information on the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives (CATSINaM)