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National Reconciliation Week 2023

Date published

27 May 2023

The National Reconciliation Week 2023 theme is “Be a Voice for Generations”.

RFDS Nurse at a remote clinic

The theme encourages all Australians to be a voice for reconciliation in tangible ways in our everyday lives – where we live, work and socialise. 

For the work of generations past, and the benefit of generations future, this theme asks Australians to act today for a more just, equitable and reconciled country for all. 

Some suggestions on how to get involved can be found here.


At the RFDS we use Reconciliation Week as a time to raise awareness, engage in dialogue, and promote understanding and respect between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. 

As we celebrate Reconciliation Week, the RFDS is reminded to strengthen our commitment to Reconciliation, not just during this week, but throughout the year. 

We acknowledge that true reconciliation is a journey that requires ongoing dedication and effort from all Australians. 

RFDS base with a first nations patient

At the heart of the RFDS commitment to Reconciliation lies the RFDS's Reconciliation Action Plan.

The RFDS takes seriously the importance of a RAP and our contribution to working towards genuine and meaningful reconciliation. 

Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities is a core part of our service delivery and we are committed to ensuring our services actively and purposefully contribute to Closing the Gap by improving both health outcomes and access to culturally appropriate health services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Leanne Liddle

Flying Doctor Podcast Reccomendation

In our Flying Doctor Podcast Episode #66 we spoke to Leanne Liddle who is a board member of the Royal Flying Doctor Service (SA/NT).

Leanne shares her experiences growing up as an Arrente woman born and raised in Alice Springs and the impact of racism on her upbringing, particularly how witnessing her parents and grandparents deal with racism inspired her to become a change agent to ensure that their experiences were not lost in history. She highlights the importance of respecting and treating people properly, and how this can lead to a better future for all. 

Listen to Leanne’s story here: