First Nations peoples
We understand the unique experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities can shape the needs for support.
We acknowledge Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities as the Traditional Custodians of the land we work on and pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging. We recognise that their sovereignty was never ceded and the impact of structural inequality that results from invasion continues to this day.
Neami recognises that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander concepts of mental health and wellbeing are directly connected to land, family and spirituality and are understood across mental, physical, social, spiritual and cultural wellbeing.
We recognise that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities experience persistently poorer health outcomes than other Australians and that these circumstances must be understood in relation to historical impact, colonisation and dispossession.
Your voice can make a difference
We are always learning how we can better support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities. If you’d like to share with us ways we can do this and/or ways we can improve.
Our Journey to Reconciliation
Neami’s first Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) 2019 – 2021, has shown our deep commitment to change and reflects our belief that all Australians will be enriched by acknowledging, celebrating, and preserving the unique culture, language and identities of our First Nations people.
Neami management and service staff have forged deep relationships with our Indigenous partners, organisations and communities and have learnt much about the history, rich culture, and traditions of our First Nations.
Neami have put into action our belief that we will achieve more together, with true power-sharing partnerships with local Indigenous communities to build the capability and capacity of Indigenous Australia towards self-determination and the cultural competency of non-Indigenous Australia.
Our second Reconciliation Action Plan 2022 - 2024 reflects our reconciliation journey – a journey of which we are immensely proud.
Our greater understanding of the RAP deliverables has led to a strong agreement, through consultation, that the organisation will redefine the RAP and its deliverables to fit with community needs.
An Indigenous circular/two-way governance model will be used to encompass and respect local and regional community methods and input in decision making. Indigenous governance will be applied to our frameworks on how we engage and develop alongside Indigenous communities.
Oversight, governance, and community engagement will be our way of ensuring we are accountable to the communities in which we work as we develop a new Reconciliation Action Plan.
Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)
Neami recognises that we have a role to play in supporting Reconciliation Australia’s vision “for a reconciled, just and equitable Australia”.