Today, Vision Australia launched a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) which aims to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are blind, or have low vision will have access to culturally sensitive services.
"This RAP, our first, represents Vision Australia's commitment to working in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to address inequality," said David Speyer, Vision Australia Acting CEO.
Vision Australia's RAP is focused on developing relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to ensure services are responsive and culturally appropriate.
"Vision Australia recognises that there is a high incidence of blindness and low vision in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. However, we also recognise that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are currently under-represented amongst our clients," Mr Speyer further remarked.
The RAP addresses this issue and formalises Vision Australia's commitment to removing any unintended barriers in our organization so that ALL Australians who are blind or have low vision will have access to, and fully participate in every aspect of life they choose.
Representatives of the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs in Victoria, The Hon Jeanette Powell, and the Department of Health Indigenous Eye Health unit were in attendance.