Reconciliation Week

2nd June 2021

The theme of National Reconciliation Week, May 27 – June 3, is “More than a word. Reconciliation takes action” when we ask all Australians to move towards braver and more impactful action in creating a more just, equitable and reconciled nation.


Unconscious bias in health care occurs when we use stereotypes to assess and diagnose medical problems and when planning and delivering medical care.  These implicit biases continue to lead to negative health outcomes for Aboriginal Australians.


The GP Obstetrician’s at SRMG work together with community midwives to support the Boodjari Yorga program. Boodjari means pregnant and yorga means woman in the Noongar language.  Boodjari Yorga provides culturally safe antenatal care for local indigenous women, babies and their families. The program has shown to reduce birth interventions, improve breast feeding rates and reduce postnatal depression.


All SRMG doctors have undertaken cultural safety education as a core part of their medical and postgraduate training.  SRMG has a commitment to providing excellent and accessible medical care to all Australians including Aboriginal Australians.



This article has been written by Dr Liz Tompkins

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