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Reconciliation Journey

Innovate RAP

Royal Far West is passionately committed to reconciliation.

Royal Far West has a long and proud history of supporting the health and wellbeing of children from rural and remote areas of Australia. A considerable proportion of children, families, and communities we have partnered with, supported, and served are First Nations people. We are committed to ensuring we provide culturally responsive and accountable health, education and disability services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, families, organisations and communities.

Reconciliation at Royal Far West (RFW) is a journey we have been on for some time now and we see it being an important part of our organisational strategy, how we live our values of Caring, Connected, Passionate and Impact and informing our clinical service models and workforce development into the future as we create and enhance a safe cultural space for our client families and staff.

Our two- year long Innovate RAP (August 2023 – August 2025) builds on our Reflect RAP and provides a step by-step framework to ensure that the principles and actions RFW will apply and achieve will lead to a more culturally competent workforce and more culturally responsive environment for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community partners and families.

There is no doubt that the unacceptable gap in developmental vulnerability for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in Australia is underpinned by the effects of the trauma of colonisation, dispossession and ongoing systemic racism and injustice. We know that First Nations Leadership is critical to overcome these impacts.

We work closely with our Indigenous Advisory Group and our First Nations partners in community to guide us in our work and help redress this disadvantage.

Caroline Glass-Pattison, proud Wiradjuri woman, Aboriginal Education Officer, Royal Far West School.Caroline Glass-Pattison, proud Wiradjuri woman, Aboriginal Education Officer, Royal Far West School.

Lana Kelly, descendent of Gumbaynggirr tribe with Yaegl, Dunghutti and Yuin Ancestral bloodlines - Aboriginal Workforce Manager, HealthShare NSW.Kerry Walden, proud Gamilaraay woman. Aboriginal Educator at Narromine Public School

Indigenous Advisory Group
  • Lana Kelly, descendent of Gumbaynggirr tribe with Yaegl, Dunghutti and Yuin Ancestral bloodlines – Aboriginal Workforce Manager, HealthShare NSW.
  • Caroline Glass-Pattison, proud Wiradjuri woman, Aboriginal Education Officer, Royal Far West School.
  • Pauline Bielefeld, proud Kamilaroi woman, and grandmother.
  • Kerry Walden, proud Gamilaraay woman. Aboriginal Educator at Narromine Public School

 

This Innovate RAP:

  • Highlights our reconciliation journey to date
  • Describes our current partnerships with First Nations services and community groups
  • Outlines existing activities and events we have engaged in to promote reconciliation
  • Specifies the key actions (focused on Relationships, Respect, Opportunities and Governance) we have committed to undertaking by August 2025.

Artist statement

Frances Belle Parker

This work, titled What lies within is intended to bring a feeling of peace, calm, clarity, understanding and reassurance. A sense of calm flows through the entire work bringing the viewer in and giving hope and direction.

Read the Full Artist Statement

The golden tree is the central component of this work that stands in the centre with large leaves. The tree blends into the gold and ochre land beneath it, firmly rooted in a land that depicts many different layers. The layers here represent many things including the paths we take in life, our underlying stories that shape all of us, as well as connections to country, places and people. At the very base of the work is a mapped river-way that snakes its way across, cutting through the land, depicting a sense of movement and flow.

In the top half of the image are lush, green, undulating hills that stand in contrast to the bright gold of the tree and the land. The hills contain many shapes and lines that give movement and depth as well as a shared sense of history. At the very top of the work is a starry night sky that seems to have a life of its own. The southern cross flashes brightly in the centre. Tying the hills to the land, and pulling the whole work together, are many dark spirit figures. They are all connected to each other to symbolise unity and strength and shared history. They meet at the golden tree in the centre of the work which contains a solitary figure representing rebirth, new-life, healing and peace.

Royal Far West is passionately committed to ensuring we provide culturally safe and accountable health, education and disability services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, families, organisations and communities. We are also committed to advocating for equal access to services for all regional families, particularly our First Nations families.

Jacqueline Emery
Chief Executive Officer

Learn more about Royal Far West

About us

Royal Far West is Australia’s only national charity dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of country children.

2022-2023 Annual Report

Sharing our yearly impact as we continue our mission of improving the health and wellbeing of country children and families.

2021-2025 Strategic Plan

Laying the Foundations for our future. Learn about how we plan to secure our ability to support country kids for the next 100 years.

We support the Uluru Statement from the Heart

We are passionately committed to working in genuine partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to realise the vision of the Uluru Statement.