Statement of intent
The University of Wollongong (UOW) Faculty of Science, Medicine, and Health is committed to reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples and believe the implementation of the UOW Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) is a significant step in achieving this goal. Our 2023 RAP outlines our practical actions and intentions to contribute to reconciliation and build stronger relationships with Indigenous Peoples across our campuses.
We understand reconciliation is a journey that requires ongoing sustained effort, and our RAP represents our commitment to this journey. Our RAP objectives for 2023 include dedicated recruitment, student mentoring and internships, cultural safety training and ongoing revision of curriculum and research. We are committed to regularly reviewing and reporting on our progress to ensure we meet these targets.
In 2023, our faculty is determined to lead reconciliation at UOW through continued dedicated recruitment and expansion across the Faculty, in consultation with the Discipline of Indigenous Health, to embed Indigenous knowledge and teaching within the Health and Medical curricula. Faculty leadership will lead the way in participating in cultural awareness training, with the full Faculty Executive committed to completing the training in 2023.
In partnership with Ngarruwan Ngadju First Peoples Health and Wellbeing Research Centre, we commit to strengthening Indigenous health research that benefits Indigenous communities in our region and growing the Indigenous health workforce across all professional areas. In the School of Nursing, School of Medical, Indigenous, and Health Sciences, and the Graduate School of Medicine, academic staff will continue their commitment to centre Indigenous knowledge within the wider student and staff community through teaching and research in partnership with Indigenous communities.
Across our metro and regional campuses, schools, and research institutes, and involving both the professional and academic staff, we commit to enhancing acknowledgment and cultural understanding of the Aboriginal lands on which we study by participating in the AIATSIS Core Cultural Learning programs. In the science schools, we commit to inclusion of Indigenous knowledges in teaching materials, overt statements, and re-thinking our approaches to research taking place on Country.
We commit to enabling and encouraging all staff to undertake cultural awareness training, ensuring they gain a deep understanding and respect of the land, plants, animals and Peoples of the Countries on which we undertake our work, placing this understanding at the forefront of our recruitment, support and success processes for all Indigenous students and staff in the Faculty.
Our 2023 RAP is an important step in our ongoing journey towards reconciliation, and we look forward to working together with Indigenous Peoples to achieve our shared goal of a more just and reconciled Australia.
Senior Professor Eileen McLaughlin
Faculty of Science, Medicine, and Health