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We acknowledge the shared history between Aboriginal and other Australian peoples and plans for a common future.

The Institute has established a strong relationship with Aboriginal communities over its history and during this time we have discovered much together.

It is upon these achievements that we seek to consolidate our efforts and invest our resources into those areas where we can make a more defined difference.

  • We will integrate the needs of Aboriginal families and children into all relevant areas of our work. Our statement and principles below will frame the measures that we implement over the next five years.
  • We recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the First Australians and original custodians of this land.
  • We acknowledge the loss of land, children and family, languages and cultural identity and the impact this has upon Aboriginal health and wellbeing.
  • We believe that all Australians must better understand the shared past and how it affects the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.
  • It is through a relationship of trust, working as partners toward agreed objectives, that we will pave the way forward.
  • We commit to translating our research into positive sustainable change in the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal children.

Download our commitment to Reconciliation (PDF) 

Telethon Kids is proud to be a signatory to the Family Matters initiative. We’re committed to an approach that trusts Aboriginal people to deal with Aboriginal business, one that includes genuine collaboration and partnership, empowers communities and involves long-term government support across the country, to ensure that all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children grow up safe, well and cared for in their families, communities and culture.


Our Commitment to Aboriginal Health (2013 - 2017)