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Abstract

Objective

This paper focuses on critically examining the inclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in policy frameworks by regulatory health peak bodies against the backdrop of the Government’s response to the Closing the Gap (2020) report.

Method

Websites of ten allied health professional bodies were searched and analysed as policy as text.

Results

Of the ten professions examined, the search strategy identified 9 professions were signatories or co-signatories on Reconciliation Action Plans (RAP) and three professions made mention of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander equity strategies to enter the profession as part of accreditation standards.

Conclusions

Professional bodies were found to use discourses of recognition in the inclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students with reference to the development of measurable accountabilities in the future.

Implications

The contested value of setting targets to generate meaningful action by policy players is likely to restrict momentum in this space.


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