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Advancing the work of ACEM’s Core Values, the ACEM Board has determined that in order for the College to embed its commitment to improving the health outcomes of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Māori communities, the College must update its constitution.

The Constitution represents ACEM’s values and beliefs and updating the constitution to reflect this commitment will underpin and promote equity as a core business of the College. It will also help ACEM to hold itself accountable and maintain focus on achieving the goals of ACEM’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) and Te Rautaki Manaaki Mana – ACEM's strategy for Māori health equity.

The ACEM Board is proposing that this is best achieved through the addition of an ‘Object’ to the College Constitution. The ‘Objects’ of an organisation’s constitution represent the purpose and range of activities for which the organisation is established. The College currently has eighteen (18) Objects, which include a range of activities dedicated to education, training, standard setting, research and advocacy.
These can be found on Page 1 of the College Constitution, available.

The new Object being proposed for addition is as follows.

Strive for excellence and equity in emergency care for Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Māori communities in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand, through a commitment to the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi in Aotearoa New Zealand, the  process of Reconciliation in Australia and the intent of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
This is an important step for the College, and builds on work undertaken over the past decade to improve cultural safety and foster partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and Māori to address health inequities.

An online ballot for a special resolution will be conducted from 22 June 2020, asking all FACEMs to vote for this important change. The ballot will run for 28 days and requires the support of 75% of Fellows who cast a vote.

Vote here.

Members can view relevant background information to the proposal below.

  • The Process of Reconciliation
  • Te Tiriti o Waitangi (the Treaty of Waitangi)
  • The United National Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
  • Equity in Health Webinar (23 June 2020)