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Close the Gap - Indigenous Health

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.

Generation to Close the Gap?

At the heart of this nation, there is a fundamental wrong in the relationship between the First Peoples and non-Indigenous people.

We are divided between those who celebrate Australia Day without any thought of the implications of that day, and those who mourn Invasion Day and mark it as Survival Day, those for whom racism is an abstract noun, and those for whom racism is a concrete daily reality.

There is yet another division.

Close the Gap - Progress & Priorities report 2016

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Funding quarantined but uncertainty remains

The Close the Gap Campaign has welcomed the quarantining of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander programmes from further cuts in the 2015–16 Budget but says the pain and uncertainty around last year’s Budget cuts still linger.

Campaign Co-Chairs Kirstie Parker and Mick Gooda said they were disappointed that the Australian Government has not restored the last year’s cuts of $534.4 million over five years from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander initiatives.

Record numbers for National Close the Gap Day

The call to end to health inequality between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and other Australians continues to get louder, with a record number of events being held nationwide on Thursday 19 March to mark National Close the Gap Day.

Record numbers in support of Close the Gap Day

The call to end to health inequality between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and other Australians continues to get louder, with a record number of events being held nationwide on Thursday 19 March to mark National Close the Gap Day.

Australians urged to support Close the Gap Day

Close The Gap Campaign Co-Chairs Kirstie Parker and Mick Gooda are urging Australians from all walks of life to take part in National Close the Gap Day on Thursday 19 March, calling for an end to health inequality.

Community groups, health services, schools and individuals around Australia are registering online to hold a Close the Gap event in their homes, workplaces, schools and communities.

Close the Gap Campaign takes its message to Canberra

Almost 200 guests attended the Close the Gap Campaign’s parliamentary breakfast in Canberra on 11 February 2015, hosted by Campaign co-chairs Kirstie Parker and Mick Gooda.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott addressed the event, as did Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and the leader of the Australian Greens, Christine Milne. Three outstanding Aboriginal young people – Danielle Dries, Alicia Englehardt, and Shaenice Allan – introduced the respective leaders.

Consultation needed on GP co-payment changes

The Co-Chairs of the Close the Gap campaign have called on the Australian Government to consult with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander healthcare providers to ensure changes to the GP co-payment are in the best interests of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.