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Close the Gap - Indigenous Health

Close the Gap Campaign Media Statement

The Close the Gap Campaign has warned that the ongoing gap in life expectancy, health outcomes and child mortality rates for Indigenous Australians is absolutely intolerable.

The Closing the Gap report, released today, reveals the same familiar disappointing story as previous reports. Only two of the original seven Closing the Gap targets are on track to be met within their timeframes – the same two targets as last year.

Removal of Indigenous Children is human rights concern

In a powerful speech on November 20, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner June Oscar called for government at all levels in Australia to “flip the system from crisis to prevention investment”.

The keynote speech, delivered at the AbSec Biennial Conference, draws attention to the direct and cyclical link between high rates of removal of Indigenous children into out-of-home care and poor outcomes for Indigenous communities across Australia.

Indigenous health response 'woeful' says UN investigator

The Close the Gap Campaign urges Australian governments to act on the recommendations of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Indigenous health funding not enough to Close the Gap

Indigenous health representatives met in Canberra this week to consider the Federal Government’s 2017 budget, with Close the Gap Campaign Co-Chair Dr Jackie Huggins reflecting disappointment in the figures.

“More investment is needed to close the health gap experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Funding cuts will not close this gap,” Dr Huggins said.

Prioritise Indigenous health in May budget, Government urged

The Close the Gap campaign calls on the Federal Government to prioritise Indigenous health in its May 2017 budget.

The Campaign's 2017 Budget Position paper lists nine priorities that will help close the gap in health inequality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Government urged to commit to Close the Gap priorities

The Close the Gap campaign calls on the Federal Government to prioritise Indigenous health in its May 2017 budget.

The Campaign's 2017 Budget Position paper lists nine priorities that will help close the gap in health inequality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Close the Gap - Progress & Priorities report 2017

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'We seek a new relationship with Govt': Close the Gap Campaign

“A month ago, when Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull gave his Closing the Gap Report to Parliament, he stated that only one out of the seven headline targets for closing the health gap between Australia's First Peoples and non-Indigenous Australians are on track to be met by 2031.

"In fact, child mortality, which was considered on-track to close the gap by 2031, is no longer on-track. This is not good enough.” 

Indigenous push to close the health gap

After 10 years and despite bipartisan support for closing the gap, Australian governments at all levels are failing Australia’s First Peoples. But there is a way forward.

This is the blunt assessment delivered by the Close the Gap Campaign 2017 Progress and Priorities Report, released on 16 March 2017 to mark National Close the Gap Day.

Indigenous leaders deliver Redfern Statement to PM

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders have delivered the historic Redfern Statement direct to the Prime Minister at Parliament House, using the handover to demand a new relationship with government.

Indigenous leaders gave the statement to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, and the leader of the Australian Greens, Richard di Natale, ahead of the 9th Closing the Gap Report to Parliament, released on 14 February 2017.