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Recognise Health


Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of New South Wales

Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia Inc.

Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory

Allied Health Professions Australia

Alzheimer’s Australia

Anwernekenhe National HIV Alliance

Arthritis Australia

Asthma Australia

Australasian College for Emergency Medicine

Australasian College of Health Service Management

Australasian Hepatology Association

Australasian Podiatry Council

Australasian Neuroscience Nurses Association

Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists

Australian and New Zealand Orthopaedic Nurses Association

Australian Association of Social Workers

Australian College of Mental Health Nurses

Australian College of Midwives

Australian College of Nurse Practitioners

Australian College of Nursing

Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine

Australian Council of PVCs and Deans of Health Sciences

Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations

Australian Health Promotion Association

Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association

Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

Australian Institute of Medical Scientists

Australian Medical Association

Australian Medical Students Association

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation

Australian Pharmacy Council

Australian Physiotherapy Association

Australian Physiotherapy Council

Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association

Australian Psychological Society

Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth

Australian Women’s Health Network

Baker IDI and Diabetes Institute


Breast Cancer Network Australia

Cancer Council Australia

Cancer Council Northern Territory

Cancer Council South Australia

Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand

Catholic Health Australia

Charles Sturt University

Children’s Medical Research Institute

Central Australian Aboriginal Congress

Chronic Illness Alliance

College of Intensive Care Medicine of Australia and New Zealand

Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives

Consumers Health Forum of Australia

Continence Nurses Society Australia

Council of Deans of Nursing and Midwifery (Australia and New Zealand)


Cure Cancer Australia Foundation

Cystic Fibrosis Australia

Deakin University

Dental Hygienists Association of Australia Ltd

Diabetes Australia

Dietitians Association of Australia

Division of Tropical Health and Medicine, James Cook University Drug and Alcohol Nurses of Australasia

Epilepsy Australia

Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Adelaide

Faculty of Health, Queensland University of Technology

Faculty of Health, University of Canberra

Faculty of Health, University of Technology Sydney

Flinders University

Fred Hollows Foundation

George Institute for Global Health

Good Beginnings Australia

Griffith University


Health Services Union National

Heart Foundation

Hepatitis Australia

Indigenous Allied Health Australia

The International Research Collaborative - Oral Health and Equity, University of Western Australia


Jean Hailes for Women's Health

Joint Epilepsy Council of Australia

Kidney Health Australia

The Lowitja Institute

Lung Foundation Australia

Maari Ma Aboriginal Health Corporation

Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand

Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia Inc.

Menzies School of Health Research

Mitchell Institute

Monash University

Multiple Sclerosis Society of Australia

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Association

National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation

National Breast Cancer Foundation

National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee

National LGBTI Health Alliance

National Rural Health Students’ Network

National Stroke Foundation

Occupational Therapy Australia

Occupational Therapy Council (Australia and New Zealand) Ltd

Osteoporosis Australia

Palliative Care Australia

Palliative Care Nurses Australia

Parkinson’s Australia Inc.

Pharmaceutical Society of Australia

Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia

Public Health Association of Australia

QIMR Berghofer

Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council

Rheumatic Heart Disease Australia

Royal Australasian College of Physicians

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners


Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health

Social Determinants of Health Alliance

Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia

South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute

Southern Cross University

Speech Pathology Australia

Suicide Prevention Australia

The University of Melbourne

University of South Australia

University of Wollongong

Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation Inc.

Vision 2020 Australia

Vision Australia

Walter and Eliza Hall Institute

Women and Children’s Healthcare Australasia

Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Medical Service

The Statement

We call on all Australians to support recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Constitution.

We look forward to a time when all Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people can fully participate in all that Australia has to offer, enjoying respect for our country’s first cultures and leadership, and the dignity and benefits of long healthy lives.

Australia’s First Peoples continue to die far earlier and experience a higher burden of disease and disability than other Australians. This is a result of long term economic disadvantage and social exclusion, among other factors. Constitutional recognition would provide a strong foundation for working together towards better health and social wellbeing in the hearts, minds and lives of all Australians.

This statement has been endorsed by leading health organisations that are united in support of constitutional recognition.

Created: 16 September 2014 - Updated: 05 March 2015