National Close The Gap Day

Join more than 200,000 Australians of all ages and backgrounds who are supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health equality.

What is Close the Gap?

Equal access to healthcare is a basic human right, and in Australia, we expect it. So what if we told you that you can expect to live almost 20 years less than your next-door neighbour? You wouldn’t accept it. No-one should.

But in reality, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People can expect to live up to 10—17 years less than non-Indigenous Australians. Learn more about why the health gap exists.

Working in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is one of the critical success factors. With continued support from the public, we can ensure the Australian Government continues to work with Indigenous communities, recommit additional funding and invest in real partnerships.

Today we join with thousands of other Australians to call for an end to inequality in health outcomes and life expectancy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Today is a day when all Australians can send a message to governments that closing the gap in health outcomes and life expectancy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is a matter of concern to us all.

The Close the Gap: Progress and Priorities Report 2015 demonstrated that a high level of undetected chronic conditions exists in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The report also demonstrated the significant impact chronic conditions such as diabetes have on life expectancy. Ensuring that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have access to well-resourced services to treat and manage these chronic conditions is not just essential but would also likely deliver significant gains in a relatively short time.

Without a renewed commitment and an injection of new resources from the Federal Government, efforts to Close the Gap will fall short of achieving health equality for all Australians by 2030.

By taking action and registering with Oxfam’s Close The Gap Day, you are supporting:

  • The implementation and monitoring of a comprehensive National Action Plan (developed in partnership with Indigenous communities and health organisations)
  • Meaningful partnerships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities and health services.
  • Improvements to Indigenous participation, control and delivery of health services
  • A commitment to provide adequate and long-term financial resources including strengthening of the Indigenous health workforce.
  • A way to address critical social issues that impact Indigenous health (including poor housing, nutrition, employment and education)

How you can Close the Gap

The Close the Gap campaign has achieved a tremendous amount since its launch by Cathy Freeman and Ian Thorpe in 2006. These outcomes include:

  • a commitment by government and all major political parties to take action through the formal signing of the Statement of Intent
  • allocation of additional health funding through COAG; and
  • a stated intention to work in partnership with Indigenous health organisations and communities.

Take ACTION today by registering, signing the pledge, and sharing the campaign on social media.

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