In 2019, Medtronic launched our first REFLECT Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). Our Reflect RAP was our first formal commitment to the National Reconciliation movement and built on our longstanding work with organisations focussed on the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities.
Under the framework of our first RAP, we were pleased to support the RECARDINA project, led by the Menzies School of Health Research. The project focused on screening Indigenous school-age children and young adults for rheumatic heart disease (RHD). While RHD is predominantly confined to third-world countries, children in parts of Australia suffer from some of the highest rates of RHD in the world.
As part of the effort to combat RHD, Medtronic donated $30,000 to the RECARDINA project to purchase hand-held ultrasound machines for screening. We also supported six of our staff to volunteer in remote communities to support the delivery of the project.
Kate Brown, a business development manager for Medtronic in Perth, volunteered for the project in Timor-Leste, which has some of the world’s highest rates of RHD.
“Seeing the faces of kids diagnosed with RHD has made our quest to eradicate the disease a whole lot more personal for me and I’m incredibly grateful that Medtronic is leading the way through significant contributions of both time and money,” she said.
“One thing that has been clear from the outset and has been reaffirmed throughout our first year as a RAP organisation, is that our commitment to reconciliation is strongly aligned with the Medtronic Mission,” said Medtronic ANZ Managing Director, Liz Carnabuci.
The Medtronic Mission inspires and motivates our 90,000+ employees in 150+ countries through a set of core principles that define how we operate and contribute to the world. The Mission, written by our cofounder Earl Bakken in 1960, states our top priority is “to contribute to human welfare” and the final tenet of our Mission calls on us to “maintain good citizenship as a company”.
In 2020, we are pleased to launch our second Reconciliation Action Plan, which will guide our commitments as part of the national framework for reconciliation until the end of 2022.
“Our Innovate: Reconciliation Action Plan commits us to further explore where we can work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities as part of our broader commitment to alleviating pain, restoring health and extending life,” said Liz Carnabuci.