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HESTA supports Indigenous nurses.

The Industry Super Fund launched an Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) at the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives (CATSINaM) conference last month.

A key component of the RAP is a commitment to supporting the development of Indigenous nurse leaders in the health care sector. "We're proud to promote initiatives and programs that support future Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders within the health sector. We recognise the vital role these future health professionals play in achieving health equality between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the wider Australian community," HESTA CEO Debby Blakey said.

A significant action in the HESTA Innovate RAP will be to shine a light on the history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nurses in Australia, with HESTA working with CATSINaM to help record and celebrate their stories.

CATSINaM CEO Janine Mohamed said it was important to tell the stories of Indigenous nurses from their own perspective and highlight their contribution to health equity.

"It's really important for our Indigenous nurses and midwives to see their predecessors' contributions to their professions. It's vital that both Indigenous and non-Indigenous nurses know the beautiful rich history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nurses and midwives in this country.

"Their stories need to be elevated so that we can know and have pride in them."

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Publication:The Lamp
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Date:Dec 1, 2017
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