ReachOut Australia’s vision is for an inclusive, compassionate and cohesive Australia that truly embraces and is proud of its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.
We strive for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people to be happy and well, and be able to reach their full potential as emerging elders. We honour the unique cultural rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the resilience, strength and pride of their communities.
Being a youth mental health service, ReachOut is dedicated to reducing the substantial mental health inequalities that exist between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and other Australians. Suicide is the leading cause of death for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people, with rates more than twice those of non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.
ReachOut has a strong commitment to working in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to deliver an inclusive service that meets their needs and contributes to improved mental health and wellbeing outcomes.
We are currently working on our second Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan.
Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)
ReachOut’s Innovate RAP is our second such plan to be endorsed by Reconciliation Australia. It prioritises creating opportunities for, and collaborating and building relationships with, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, communities and organisations to ensure that our workplace and services are safe, accessible and relevant to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people and parents.
Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ReachOut has been granted a six-month extension of this RAP.
Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan
ReachOut’s Reflect RAP was published in 2016 and prioritised making our organisation and service more culturally appropriate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. We achieved this by increasing the cultural competency of ReachOut staff, improving our knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, histories and contemporary issues, and developing a more nuanced understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ conceptualisation of social and emotional wellbeing.