AMA President, Dr Tony Bartone
Doctors across the nation will commend the AMA President Dr Tony Bartone for his support of the Uluru Statement from the Heart. DEA believes that the need for Constitutional reform as expressed in this Statement will help to remove from our nation the stain of dispossession and neglect and will be an important step in improving the health and well being of Aboriginal people. READ ON
Dr Bartone says
“The AMA is committed to improving the health and well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
“Closing the gap in health services and outcomes requires a multi-faceted approach.
“Cooperation and unity of purpose from all Australian governments is needed if we are to achieve meaningful and lasting improvements.
“This will involve addressing the social determinants of health - the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work, and age.
“Constitutional recognition can underpin all these endeavours, as we work to improve the physical and mental health of Indigenous Australians.”
DEA appreciates the importance of the AMA position, for the basis for DEA work is that human health and the environment are indivisible. For the Aboriginal people, life and happiness depends on their ancestral link with the land. Australians who experience sostalgia from the destruction of their environment by resource projects may come to partially understand these feeling and may suffer stress and illness as a result. Separation or destruction of their land is infinitely more devastating for Aboriginal peoples and it undermines their very existence. Reconciliation and recognition are essential requisites for improvement in health and well being.
The Uluru Statement expresses the aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people for a Voice in the Constitution of their own country.