Aboriginal-led birthing on country programs have allowed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to determine how and where they give birth. The result has dramatically improved health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and babies.
As a mother and a former nurse, I can’t think of a better illustration of how an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voice enshrined in the constitution will improve the health and wellbeing of our peoples.
There has been a global recognition of the benefits of listening to diverse needs and the limitations of top-down control. In the health sector, it’s about structural reform. Most health professionals would now agree that patient outcomes are better when people are consulted and involved in their own health.
That’s what the voice offers to our people.
So, it comes back to empowerment. Women understand the importance of self-determination because if we understand how sexism works, we know how systemic racism works.