A photo of Uluru, a large red rock in the Australian desert with cultural significance.

The Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA) has announced its support for the Uluru Statement from the Heart, and its commitment to a journey of change between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the research sector for an inclusive and a shared positive future.

As ACOLA’s newest member, the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (AAHMS) welcomes this response to the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

Supporting Indigenous health and wellbeing is a strategic priority for AAHMS and an area in which we continue to grow.

Professor John Shine AC, Chair of ACOLA, stated that As leaders in the research sector, we commit to participating in the creation of a harmonised, national research culture. One that removes structural inequity, values diversity, enriches and strengthens our and others’ understandings of the world, and makes tangible actions to address the past and create a better future.”

Read Professor Shine’s entire statement in the ACOLA media release, or read the council’s full response to the Uluru Statement from the Heart at Acknowledging the past | Moving forward together | ACOLA Website

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