Reconciliation at ADC – The Australian Dental Council

Reconciliation at ADC

In May 2021 we registered our intention with Reconciliation Australia to develop our inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan. This step marks the start of our formal reconciliation journey.

The RAP will provide a structured plan to drive the organisation’s contribution to reconciliation, internally, more broadly through our role as a leader in accreditation and assessment and within the communities within which the ADC operates.

The journey will start with the development of a Reflect RAP. As the beginning level RAP, it will set out the foundations of the ADC’s reconciliation approach. It will outline the structure and time needed to scope and develop relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders and shape the organisation’s vision for reconciliation. It is an important first step as it will help in the production of future RAPs that are meaningful, mutually beneficial, and sustainable.

A Working Group (the Group) has been established to lead the RAP’s development. Made up of nine representatives from inside and outside the ADC, the Group is responsible for the RAP’s development, implementation, and reporting. It is co-chaired by Goreng Goreng, Gangulu and Biri Gubba man and President of the Indigenous Dentist’s Association of Australia, Dr Gari Watson, and Tara Waller, Director, People and Culture.

The Group first met in July 2021. The RAP is due for completion in early-2022.

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