To overcome health inequities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Australia and New Zealand, health professionals and their institutions need to take a long, hard look at themselves and their biases, according to public health physician Dr Rhys Jones.

Health professionals, health care organisations and educational institutions must commit to the lifelong, transformative ‘unlearning’ processes of decolonisation, he says.

Jones is a Senior Lecturer at Te Kupenga Hauora Māori, University of Auckland, and below is an abridged version of his Redfern Oration at the RACP 2014 Future Directions in Health Congress.

The article was first published in RACP News and is cross-posted here with permission.