Statement on the Voice to Parliament

Western Victoria Primary Health Network (WVPHN) is working in the area of First Nations health by respectful listening to First Nations people through our relationships with Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs). ACCHOs across western Victoria provide a holistic cultural approach and successful wrap-around services for communities, illustrating the value of systems that include and respect the voice of First Nations people to determine what is best for themselves.

We believe that the establishment of a Voice to Parliament is of itself, health supporting and health promoting, and will provide more opportunities for meaningful collaboration and influence on government plans and programs for First Nations people, supporting better outcomes for ACCHOs on their journey toward self-determination.

We urge the residents of our region to seek accurate information about the coming referendum on a First Nations Voice to Parliament so that as individuals you can vote in accordance and in support of the considerations of our First Nations friends, family and community members.

The Board of WVPHN strongly believes that a First Nations Voice to Parliament will result in more effective government decisions on matters affecting First Nations people, and consequently better health outcomes for First Peoples.

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