Fitness Australia is committed to an inclusive fitness environment for all Australians.
Most Australians enjoy one of the highest life expectancies of any country in the world. This is not the case for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, who experience social, educational and health inequalities.
“As the industry’s peak group, I believe we have a significant role in helping reduce health and fitness inequalities among Australians. That is why we have developed an industry specific Action Plan.
“The Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) is dedicated to enhancing opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to become exercise professionals. In addition this RAP is about facilitating appropriate guidance to fitness services on the provision of culturally aware and safe environments.
"By enhancing respectful and equitable relationships throughout the industry the desired outcome is that more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples will feel comfortable to work and participate in fitness services,” Lauretta Stace, Fitness Australia’s CEO, said.
Fitness Australia’s Reconciliation Action Plan was developed following widespread consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and individuals. The intended outcomes of the Action Plan are to:
- promote and support an inclusive culture across the fitness industry
- build genuine partnerships based on trust and respect
- increase opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander exercise professionals
- support fitness service providers to increase opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients to participate in culturally safe services.
Who is Reconciliation Australia?
Reconciliation Australia is an independent, national not-for-profit organisation promoting reconciliation by building relationships, respect and trust between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Visit www.reconciliation.org.auSee the 2013 Reconciliation Action Plan infographic campaign.