Skip to content
Government Federal, Medical Health Aged Care

Nursing Peaks Coalition support a Yes Vote to the Referendum on the Voice to Parliament

Australian Peak Nursing Organisations 2 mins read

A First Nations Voice to Parliament protected by the Constitution is a key element of the Uluru Statement from the Heart. Respectful engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and accepting the invitation extended in the Uluru Statement from the Heart is consistent with implementing the call for a Voice in Parliament, will strengthen Australian systems of Government and governance and mark a practical step towards meaningful reconciliation.

Embedding a Voice in the Constitution would recognise and rightfully acknowledge the special place of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia’s history.

Nurses across the country understand that many well intentioned attempts to Close the Gap have not succeeded because Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have not been centrally involved in decisions about their own health and wellbeing.

A Voice to Parliament will give Indigenous communities a route to convey their concerns affecting their communities and provide key messaging to help inform policy and legal decisions that impact their lives. Giving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples the ability to advise in a formal and enshrined capacity will lead to a more culturally informed and effective approach to policy.

The Nursing Peaks Coalition supports a Yes vote for the upcoming referendum. We acknowledge the current state of health and health inequity in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and the potential for the power of the Voice to address these issues. 

Supporting the Yes vote aligns with our values as nursing organisations to support human rights and our long-standing commitment to advocating for social justice and positive change in our communities. Constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples will play an important role to address racism and influence the efforts of Closing the Gap to improved health outcomes for Indigenous Australians. 


Annie Butler – Federal Secretary – Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation

Karen Booth – President – Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association

Prof. Karen Strickland – Chair – Council of Deans of Nursing and Midwifery

Adj. Prof. Kylie Ward – CEO – Australian College of Nursing

Adrian Armitage – CEO – Australian College of Mental Health Nurses

Adam Searby – President – Drug and Alcohol Nurses of Australasia

Prof. Emeritus Mary Chiarella – The University of Sydney

Melanie Dunstan – President - Australian College of Nurse Practitioners

Amanda Butt – Vice President - Australian College of Nurse Practitioners

Leanne Boase – CEO - Australian College of Nurse Practitioners


Contact details:

Richard Lenarduzzi: 0411 254390

More from this category

  • Disability, Government Federal
  • 07/12/2023
  • 14:10
RMIT University

NDIS review: scheme will continue to be a “fiscal sinkhole”

An expert from RMIT University says the review is disappointing and is effectively recommending more of the same when what is needed is wholescale reform. Dr David Hayward, Emeritus Professor, Public Policy and the Social Economy Topics: NDIS, healthcare, care economy, disability, social policy, aged care, childcare “The NDIS review is disappointing and confirms it will continue to be a fiscal sink hole. “Rather than offering solutions it is effectively recommending more of the same when what is needed is wholescale reform. “The review is full of ideas for reform involving new forms, new types of bureaucracy and bureaucrats with new…

  • Government Federal, Taxation
  • 07/12/2023
  • 13:36
Australian Taxation Office

Appointment of next Commissioner of Taxation

The Hon Dr Jim Chalmers MP, Treasurer, has today announced the appointment of Mr Rob Heferen as the next Commissioner of Taxation, Registrar of the Australian Business Register, the Australian Business Registry Services, and Register of Foreign Ownership of Australian Assets. Mr Heferen has been appointed to a 7-year term starting 1 March 2024. Current Commissioner Chris Jordan’s term runs through to February 2024. ‘I congratulate Rob on his appointment,’ Commissioner Jordan said. ‘Being Commissioner of Taxation has been the highlight of my career and I am enormously proud of what the ATO has achieved over the past 10 years,’…

  • Medical Health Aged Care
  • 07/12/2023
  • 13:30
Royal Australian College of GPs and Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine

Public consultation on Rural Generalist Medicine recognition closes next Tuesday

With less than one week to go until the public consultation closes on recognition of Rural Generalist Medicine (RGM) as a specialist field, Australia’s two GP colleges urge doctors and community members to have their say. The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) are buoyed by the conversation that has been generated on the recognition of RGM throughout the process. ACRRM President Dr Dan Halliday says it has been wonderful to see the engagement through the recent webinars hosted by the Rural Generalist Taskforce, through College channels and at…

  • Contains:

Media Outreach made fast, easy, simple.

Feature your press release on Medianet's News Hub every time your distribute with Medianet. Pay per release or save with a subscription.