SHPA adds voice to historic Uluru Statement

The Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia (SHPA) has added its voice to growing calls for First Nations people to be recognised in the Australian Constitution by endorsing the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

SHPA President, Professor Michael Dooley said the Board of Directors was proud to publicly support the powerful document which seeks to enshrine a representative First Nations Voice within the Australian Constitution.

‘SHPA and our members have a long history of advocating for improving Indigenous health and increasing access to subsidised medicines and clinical pharmacy services, and our endorsement of the Statement shows our continued commitment to enhancing health outcomes for First Nations Australians.’

Created by over 250 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander elders, academics and delegates from across the nation, the historic statement not only plays a vital role in creating a pathway towards a more unified and reconciled nation but gives First Nations people a voice in closing the gap in health services, said Professor Dooley.

‘While improvements have been made in providing clinical pharmacy and healthcare services in rural and remote areas over the last decade, cooperation across governments towards an integrated care approach is essential to ensuring equitable access to world-class care for all Australians.

From advocating for pharmacists’ employment in remote area Aboriginal Health Services, to extending access to Closing the Gap Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme Co-Payment Measure in rural and remote areas, SHPA and our members work with a strong conviction to improve the safety and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through better medicine management, education and understanding. We are proud to declare our support and commitment to the Uluru Statement from the Heart.’

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