Bupa puts First Nations health at the centre of Reconciliation Action Plan

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Bupa has launched its third Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) for the years 2023 to 2026.

The company said it developed the Stretch RAP in consultation with its internal working group, First Nations Employee Network and external First Nations advisors.

It focuses on improved health equity, indigenous employment and procurement, along with cultural awareness and education.

Bupa said it will enhance existing efforts to purchase goods and services from First Nations suppliers and increase efforts to recruit, retain, and advance First Nations employees within the organisation.

Nick Stone, the incoming Acting CEO for Bupa APAC, said, “Bupa’s vision for reconciliation is an Australia where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people enjoy equity and equality, and are living longer, healthier, happier lives, as we work together to make a better world.

“The conversation about how best to work with Australia’s Traditional Owners and learn from one of the oldest continuous cultures in the world is gaining momentum as we prepare for an expected referendum on a constitutional voice to Parliament, which Bupa supports.”

Bupa launched its first Reconciliation Action Plan in 2015 followed by an updated plan in 2018.

“The development of our latest Reconciliation Action Plan has been an important one for us, empowering our people to grow our understanding and awareness of First Nations cultures and reflect on the true histories and challenges faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, families and communities.

“It has provided a framework under which we now deliver tangible social, cultural and economic benefits for and with First Nations peoples,” added Mr Stone.