Statement on Voice Referendum

Thursday, 21 September 2023
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The National Rural Health Alliance (the Alliance) is made up of 47 diverse national organisations seeking to improve the health status of people living in rural, regional and remote Australia. In 2019, following a consultative process with Members, the Alliance determined to support the Uluru Statement from the Heart. Further, at the time the Alliance called for the establishment of a First Nations Voice enshrined in the Constitution. 

The Alliance continues to advocate for policies that improve the health status and outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We continue to support the journey to reconciliation in all that we do. The Alliance understands that organisations and people within our membership will make their own decisions on voting in the upcoming referendum. Within the spirit of the Alliance’s support for the Uluru Statement from the Heart, we strongly advise all voters to inform and educate themselves about the importance of this vote and to consider how their vote will support reconciliation and improve the lives and health outcomes for First Nations people.

The National Rural Health Alliance recognises that discussions on the Voice may bring up a variety of issues and responses for people. There are a range of support services available and contact details are provided here.

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