ACEM is aware that the result may have had a negative impact on the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, and other Australians, who support the Voice and extends its thoughts and condolences to people adversely affected by this result.
ACEM thanks Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members who have contributed to the campaign, and who continue to strive towards cultural safety in emergency departments across the country.
The College supports the Voice as a way to help drive urgently-needed changes, and provide a clear and practical way forward for self-determination, as an essential step in the nation’s reconciliation journey.
ACEM remains committed to the journey to reconciliation and will continue to engage with, and listen to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and act to improve the care provided in emergency departments.
The College believes that increased self-determination for Indigenous communities is an essential step in the nation’s reconciliation journey. ACEM’s vision is for emergency departments, and the broader health system, to be free from racism, discrimination, and inequity, where all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can access culturally safe health services that meet their needs.
ACEM President Dr Clare Skinner said, “Despite the disappointing outcome of the Voice referendum, it’s still a yes to amplifying Indigenous voices in health and in emergency departments. It’s still a yes to working towards closing the gap, and it’s still a yes to making sure emergency departments provide the best, culturally safe care for all Indigenous Peoples.”