The Foundation’s new reconciliation plan represents our ongoing commitment in respecting the culture and perspectives of Indigenous Australians, particularly their right to sight and good health.

The Foundation's Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) 2011-2012 represents our commitment to reconciliation and reflects the lessons learned from our RAP journey that began in 2009. Our targets for this new RAP complement the principles and objectives outlined in our new Strategic Framework 2010-2014.

The Foundation was founded in 1992 to continue the work of the late Professor Fred Hollows.

Fred was an ophthalmologist and social justice activist who was outraged by the high rates of eye disease and poor health in Indigenous Australian communities.

He championed the right of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to the same health outcomes and life opportunities as other Australians.

In Australia, The Foundation works in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and organisations which enable Indigenous Australians to assert their right to sight and their right to good health.

The Foundation works in four key ways to achieve this objective:
  1. System reform - we work with partners using evidence and research to develop and test models and advocate for system reform and good health policy and practice.
  2. Coordination of care - we facilitate the coordination of stakeholders to remove duplication and fill gaps in care.
  3. Increased access - we work with governments, partners and other stakeholders to achieve genuinely accessible health and eye health services.
  4. Capacity building - we empower individuals and communities to engage in their own health, to access the health system and make choices that have a positive impact on health.

The RAP 2011-2012 was developed by The Foundation's RAP Working Group which includes staff who are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
For more information, download The Foundation's Reconciliation Action Plan. The Foundation encourages other organisations to develop their own plan.

>Find out more about our work in Indigenous Australia.