Closing the healthcare gap
NSW Health Pathology acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land across NSW whose cultures and customs have nurtured and continue to nurture this land. We would like to pay our respects to the Elders past, present and emerging, for they hold the memories, the traditions, the culture and hopes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across the state.
Our commitment to closing the healthcare gap
NSW Health Pathology is taking positive actions to help Close the Gap, by making sure that our patients, customers, stakeholders, as well as current and prospective employees feel welcome and respected in our services and workplaces.
Listen to our Chief Executive Tracey McCosker, Aboriginal Employment Coordinator Colin Gibson and, Aboriginal Training Coordinator Ange Pearce discuss how we can all play a part in Closing the Gap.
The story of kinship
NSW Health Pathology recently commissioned an Aboriginal artist, Elsie Randall, to tell the story of our statewide pathology and forensic service in an artwork to create an important cultural connection with the communities we serve.
Elsie is a proud Yagel/Bundjalung woman who grew up in Maclean and Yamba on the Far North-East Coast of NSW. Listen to Elsie explain the significance around the artwork.
The artwork represents the kinship model of Aboriginal communities and frames copies are being installed in all our labs, collection centres and offices.
This piece of art is an important part of NSW Health Pathology’s commitment to closing the healthcare gap by making our services culturally safer and more welcoming for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Our artwork represents the kinship model of Aboriginal communities. It tells the story of our collective statewide pathology and forensic service and the importance of cultural connection with communities.
- The piece was created by Aboriginal Artist, Elsie Randall
- The centre circle of the artwork is an expression of Aboriginal Lore, the cultural values, beliefs, cultural rules and protocols which form the heart of all Aboriginal communities.
- The pink circles around the centre represent the babies and children in Aboriginal communities.
- The blue and purple circles represent the adolescent children, who help raise the babies. The next group of pink circles are illustrative of mums and dads who mentor the adolescents in raising the babies.
- The purple and blue circles towards the outside are a token of Aboriginal elders who support mums and dads.
- The outer layer of circles is a representation of the strong men in Aboriginal communities who are the protectors and membranes. They hold the master skills and provide education in hunting and survival to the adolescent men.
- The different totems recognise various Aboriginal communities across NSW. Alongside the totems are circles and symbols to represent DNA, blood and bones.
Our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)
With great pride, NSW Health Pathology has launched our first Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan November 2020 - November 2022, or RAP for short.
The ‘Innovate’ RAP is an important milestone for NSW Health Pathology. It demonstrates our wholehearted commitment to building respectful relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and achieving meaningful gains in closing the health and justice gaps for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
It formalises our commitment to put Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at the centre of all that we do, improve our workplaces for staff and make our services culturally safer and more welcoming for patients, families and communities. It provides us with an invaluable framework to guide the diverse and inclusive culture that we will create and serves as a roadmap to our reconciliation success.
You're invited to join with us on this long and important journey - for all of us.
For more details contact Ange Pearce.
We've created a short film to officially introduce you to our RAP. In it you’ll meet some Aboriginal staff members, who share what it means to them to work for an organisation committed to reconciliation. It also looks to our future as a more diverse, inclusive and unified organisation.