At Lifeline Queensland, our vision for reconciliation is to be culturally responsible and committed to social justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. We will be unified, positive and healthy.
We work collaboratively with UnitingCare’s Family and Disability Services Cultural Advisors and working advisory group – the Coolamon Group – to achieve the UnitingCare vision of reconciliation in Lifeline Queensland.
As part of the UnitingCare family, our reconciliation journey is guided by the core values of:
Read UnitingCare’s latest Reconciliation Action Plan below.
Lifeline Australia has commissioned a literature review of the emerging research and knowledge, key themes and principles surrounding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural perspectives and concepts of healing and social and emotional wellbeing as they relate to suicide prevention. It will support Lifeline to enhance existing knowledge and practices to promote culturally responsive suicide prevention services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
In 2020, South Sea Islander and Butchulla artist and designer Tarni O’Shea was commissioned to create an artwork (pictured above) to celebrate the launch of UnitingCare’s Reconciliation Action Plan.
UnitingCare’s reconciliation story is embedded on a foundation layer acknowledging more than 65,000 years of culture that have guided us here today. The central element represents rejuvenation of the land through fire, constructive conversations, and creating an environment of learning and healing. It evolves to reinvigorate the environment, just as UnitingCare adapts to support and guide people through personalised care.
This only happens when equality, respect, compassion and self-determination are present. Nurturing the growth of this environment are UnitingCare business functions. These represent the vital role UnitingCare and all parts of the organisation play in sustaining the vitality of the environment. Every element contributes to the health of the environment, helping to share knowledge and build relationships.
Freshwater and saltwater flows around this, connecting UnitingCare to people far and wide. Throughout, the centre is radiant and flourishing, representing the growth and opportunities that come with being connected and empowered. When all these elements work together, a nurtured spirit ignites and thrives. With ongoing care, the environment grows stronger, empowering UnitingCare to let its spirit soar.