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By Optometry Australia

On Thursday 27 May, National Reconciliation Week begins. It is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

National Reconciliation Week is bookended by two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey – the successful referendum on 27 May 1967, and the High Court Mabo decision on 3 June 1992 respectively. Reconciliation Australia’s theme for 2021, More than a word. Reconciliation takes action, urges the reconciliation movement towards braver and more impactful action.

You can find out more about National Reconciliation Week here.

This National Reconciliation Week, we encourage you to consider what brave, impactful action you can take as an Australian optometrist, to progress the reconciliation movement. Watch our webcast on improving cultural responsiveness, attend a #NRW2021 event in your local area or share resources developed by Reconciliation Australia in your practice or workplace.

Optometry Australia will continue to seek opportunities to progress reconciliation within our own organisation and across the profession. If you would like any more information or to contribute to these efforts, please contact

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Acknowledgement of Country

In the spirit of reconciliation Optometry Australia acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.