Friday, 6 March 2015

RECOGNISE HEALTH

An important campaign has been launched at Parliament House in Canberra which highlights the link between health and wellbeing and constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The RECOGNISE HEALTH initiative is a project of the Lowitja Institute in conjunction with RECOGNISE, the people's movement to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Australian Constitution and to remove discrimination from it.

Many of the partner organisations in the RECOGNISE HEALTH initiative are at the forefront of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander­ led work to close the significant gulf between the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non­-Indigenous Australians. Constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people will be another step towards equity.

The central premise of RECOGNISE HEALTH, that constitutional recognition is linked to health and wellbeing, is supported by the Lowitja Institute's 2011 research paper Legally Invisible — How Australian Laws Impede Stewardship and Governance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

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