SANE is focused on ending mental health inequity through systematic change, and eliminating stigma, discrimination, and social exclusion. In line with this, we acknowledge the significant intergenerational impact colonisation has had and continues to have, on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s mental health and wellbeing.
SANE is committed to our people and processes following a partnership approach to help ensure we continue to listen and learn from First Nations people to support their needs.
SANE supports people throughout Australia and acknowledges traditional custodians of country and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, and Elders past, present and emerging.
SANE is committed to working with Aboriginal and Torrs Strait Islander people, communities and partners to implement cultural governance and social and emotional wellbeing practice within our model of care in support of Closing the Gap targets.
As part of this we are:
On 26 May 2023, SANE staff members in Melbourne and Sydney were given the opportunity to experience a traditional smoking ceremony cleansing and blessing, and cultural competency immersion.
Pictured here, alongside Koomurri aboriginal dancers at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence, from left to right: RAP Chair Tom Brideson (second), SANE Patron Janet Meagher AM (third), SANE Board Chair Lucy Myer (fourth), SANE CEO Rachel Green (fifth).
SANE began reflecting on its cultural practices, gaining input into SANE service design and embedding acknowledgement of first nations culture.
Commissioned artwork for SANE from Yankunytjatjara/Kokatha artist Kelly Taylor to be displayed in our offices and published on the front cover of SANE’s Innovate RAP.
SANE employees were given a choice to work on this historical public holiday, or swap this day for another.
Reconciliation Action Week. An important week for SANE to recognise.
Events were held in Sydney and Melbourne to commence our Reconciliation Action Journey.
Patron Sandy Jeffs, and LEAC co-chair Margaret Tayar both shared with us at the smoking ceremonies in Melbourne and Sydney, that this is the first time SANE has held an in-person smoking ceremony and Reconciliation and Sorry Day event.
SANE supports a YES! vote in the Federal Referendum. Our people are invited to have conversations about the vote, and learn more visit https://yes23.com.au
SANE leaders recognise and promote The Voice including the experiences and contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities with the aim of promoting a society free of racism, inequality and inequity.