Women’s Health East acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung people, the Traditional Owners of the land on which we work, live and play.
On 14 October 2023, Australia has the opportunity to enshrine a First Nations Voice in the Constitution. Women’s Health East declares our support for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice.
In 2017, the Uluru Statement from the Heart outlined the need for a Voice to Parliament to enable First Nations people to have a say on the issues that affect them and to ensure their history is told accurately and truthfully.
Women’s Health East stands in solidarity with First Nations women and their communities. We are committed to achieving equitable health outcomes for all women in Australia. A First Nations Voice to Parliament that enables self-determination is a crucial way to ensure that First Nations people have a say in their own health.
We are proud to endorse the Health Sector for the Voice statement, alongside Aboriginal Organisations and our health sector partners, which outlines that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people throughout Australia will feel the health and wellbeing benefits of being recognised, respected and valued.
We understand there are a lot of diverse community views about a Voice to Parliament. In this time, we must strive for respectful and inclusive dialogue that elevates the voice of First Nations women and communities.