Our vision for reconciliation

Our vision is that dermatologists will work collaboratively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples towards achieving equity in health and wellbeing. By listening and achieving understanding, we will work on agreed solutions and turn intentions into actions.

A Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) is a framework for organisations to realise their vision for reconciliation

RAPs are practical plans of action built on relationships, respect and opportunities. A RAP will support an organisation to work towards creating social change and economic opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.


RAPs have been designed as a practical support for organisations as they travel the reconciliation journey. The process for having a RAP and having it endorsed is led by Reconciliation Australia. You can find extensive information about RAPs, what they mean and how they are developed on the Reconciliation Australia website.


ACD released our first Reflect RAP in 2017 and we look forward to launching our Innovate RAP later this year. Looking at our activities from the perspective of reconciliation has enabled us to strengthen our relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and organisations and to turn intentions into actions.

As we develop our next RAP, we look forward to continuing our reconciliation journey and to working together to achieve an equitable future, free from racism.

Find out more about our work to strengthen relationships, respect and opportunities with and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities.

View our page on Improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander skin health  

Skin Like Country


Skin is like Country, it is who we are, it is our identity.

We are one with this Land, we are born from this earth and return to this Country.

All country is different, all skin is different – we must all look after it.

This artwork looks at the correlation between our skin which is our body’s largest organ and the Country or place were we are from, and how Country is a big part of our identity as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People. We are connected as one, when land needs healing we have a duty to take care of it, the same way we need to take care of our skin.

Pathways lead from the outside toward the centre of the artwork, the country is very dry and arid as the viewer moves closer to the middle, the country whilst still challenging becomes more fertile and lush – water flows rejuvenating the land and enriching the country.

The central motif represents a meeting place of people coming together – the Australasian College of Dermatologists and the knowledge that is researched, shared and learnt, a place of Learning a place of Healing.

Artist: Riki Salam, Principal, Creative Director and artist of We are 27 Creative developed “Skin Like Country” for the Australasian College of Dermatologists’ first Reconciliation Action Plan.