Rocky Bay has today launched its Reconciliation Action Plan, to coincide with the start of National Reconciliation Week, which seeks to acknowledge the original custodians of this land and formalise the organisation’s commitment to engaging more deeply with Aboriginal peoples.
The plan aims to build stronger relationships with Aboriginal peoples within the communities Rocky Bay works and leverage their knowledge to more effectively deliver services and support to optimise the quality of life for all people living with disability in Western Australia.
Rocky Bay CEO Mr Michael Tait said the launch of the Reconciliation Action Plan was an important step for Rocky Bay in ensuring all Western Australians living with disability had equal access to disability support and services.
“Rocky Bay’s aim is to effectively deliver services and support to all Aboriginal peoples in Western Australia,” Mr Tait said.
“Australian Bureau of Statistics data shows that almost half of Aboriginal people aged 15 years and over were living with disability or a restrictive long-term health condition in 2014-15,” Mr Tait added.
“It also shows that Aboriginal people with profound/severe disability were more likely to have experienced problems accessing one or more health services than people with no disability.
“Rocky Bay is committed to working with local Aboriginal communities to do whatever we can to remove the barriers currently being faced and make sure disability services are accessible to all.”
A plan launch event is being held in Perth’s south to coincide with the opening of Rocky Bay’s newly expanded Mandurah hub.
The hub now presents an even greater opportunity for the continued provision of Rocky Bay services, including physio, speech and occupational therapy, therapy groups, psychology, recreational supports, life skills, social work services and NDIS Support Coordination.
For more information on the services on offer at Rocky Bay’s Mandurah hub located at 220 Lakes Road, Greenfields, call 9383 6113 or email [email protected]
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