Being a young Aboriginal woman in Australia today

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Close the Gap campaign lead, Tom Widdup, finds out how — despite continued high levels of Indigenous disadvantage, and a disconnect that still hinders relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australia — Danielle and many young Indigenous Australians like her are working to overcome these barriers.

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Close the Gap Parliamentary Breakfast

“Righting the wrongs”: it’s our responsibility to Close the Gap

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On the day our Prime Minister hands down his government’s annual Closing the Gap report into Indigenous disadvantage, Oxfam’s Close the Gap campaign lead, Tom Widdup, considers the public campaign driving action to achieve Indigenous health equality.

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Oxfam is calling on Australians to call out racism

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On Sunday, two men painted themselves black to represent ‘Indigenous Australians’ at an Aussie–icon themed party in the regional Victorian town of Ballarat, another partygoer dressed as Cathy Freeman, wore a cape and painted her face black.

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How you can continue the healing

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Health professional and proud Noongar woman Vicki Wade reflects on her people’s struggle to overcome generations of disadvantage and the subsequent health burden.

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Local community recognises the Deadly smiles project

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Oxfam recently partnered with the Albury Wodonga Aboriginal Health Service (AWAHS) to deliver the ‘Deadly Smiles’ project, a project dedicated to improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. Hear from the Project Lead, Dr Dumi Medago, who recently received an Appreciation Award from the local community.

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Constitutional recognition

What does constitutional recognition actually mean?

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The debate about removing the remaining powers that have been used to discriminate against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, and replacing these with a text that protects against any further loss of our unique Indigenous cultures, has been going on for decades. Debate is fundamental to working through this issue, but it’s only helpful when we have a proper understanding of the facts and a respect for a process that is ultimately controlled by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

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Oxfam participates in the big issues at Garma festival 2015

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The 17th Garma festival was held recently in Arnhem Land. The significant forum discussed and debated various issues confronting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples such as constitutional recognition, economic development and the forced closure of remote Aboriginal communities — but it was also a celebration of Indigenous culture.

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Joint Statement on racism directed at Adam Goodes

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“Australia must and can be better than this” Following the weekend’s events when prominent Aboriginal AFL player and former Australian of the Year, Adam Goodes was booed at every turn during the Swans v West Coast Eagles AFL match. Today in advance of the weekend round of AFL, 150 organisations join together to call for […]

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It’s NAIDOC week: discover events in your area.

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NAIDOC Week occurs around Australia in the first week of July each year and is a week to recognise and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, culture and contribution to Australia as a nation.

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Straight Talk

Straight Talk program empowering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women

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Engaging with the political system can be daunting for most people, but with the help of Oxfam’s Straight Talk program, Aboriginal women like Mayatili Marika are finding their voice and making an impact.

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Photo: Jason Malouin/OxfamAUS

5 things you can do to celebrate National Reconciliation Week

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Reconciliation is about unity and respect between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and non-Indigenous Australians. It’s also about respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and valuing justice and equity for all Australians.

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ChangeCourse participant Rhett Burraston is the NSW/ACT young achiever of the year

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In 2012, Rhett Burraston was selected to participate in the ChangeCourse program — a program run by Oxfam that provides opportunities for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to proactively effect change within their communities. Today, Rhett runs an after-school sports program in his hometown of Airds, which works with Aboriginal kids over the long-term, ensuring they are happy, healthy and have goals for the future. Most recently he was awarded the NSW/ACT Young Achiever of the Year.

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A shocking record on Indigenous incarceration

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It’s a shocking record – one that’s devastating lives and tearing communities apart. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are 13 times more likely to be imprisoned than non-Indigenous people. Arrente man Des Rogers’s story is an all-too-common one. Imprisoned at the age of fourteen, Des was “thrown back into a world of hopelessness” and […]

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Time to change the record on Indigenous justice

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This month marks the 24th anniversary of the tabling of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody report in federal parliament. Next year the report will be a generation old. We should reflect on what has been done to change the landscape of the criminal ­justice system for Aboriginal and Torres Strait ­Islander people.

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What did I learn from National Close the Gap Day?

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The crisis facing Indigenous health has a long and complex history. While events like National Close the Gap Day bring the issue of Indigenous health equality to the public eye, the fight for health equality still continues. Tom Widdup, Close the Gap National Lead, shares his reflections after National Close the Gay Day 2015.

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Close the Gap. Photo: Bonnie Savage/OxfamAUS

Aboriginal health equality is possible by 2030

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Today is National Close the Gap Day, an important day to make your voice heard. With adequate funding, Aboriginal health equality is possible by 2030. Join the thousands who today, are demanding Indigenous health equality within a generation.

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Photo: James Henry/OxfamAUS

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women: the right to be heard.

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Straight Talk is an Australian program that connects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women with the political system and builds the capacity of women as change makers. One such woman is Heather Shearer, an Aranda woman from Labrapuntja near Ntaria (Hermannsburg), a member of the Stolen Generation and proud mum/grandmother.

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10 photos that rocked last year’s Close the Gap student photo challenge

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Instagram may have a reputation as a breeding ground for selfies and photos of brunch, but in March there’s a reason to put those filters to good use. This year’s Student Photo Challenge is running from March 16-20. More details are available in the National Close the Gap Day How to Guide.

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Close the Gap Parliamentary Breakfast 2015

Close the Gap Progress and Priorities Report 2015

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Dr Peter Lewis, Indigenous Policy Advisor Today the Close the Gap Campaign delivered its annual Progress and Priorities Report on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and well-being at the Parliamentary Breakfast in Canberra. Prime Minister Abbott, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and Greens leader Christine Milne all emphasised the need for for a long-haul and multi-partisan commitment to end […]

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Three schools who love National Close the Gap Day

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Check out just some of the incredible schools from across Australia who participated in National Close the Gap Day 2014.

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Inspiring stories of change

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Over the past two years, Oxfam has supported 25 young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to proactively affect change within their communities. As the 2012–2014 program cycle draws to a close, making way for the next group of bright and passionate young people, two participants share their inspiring stories of change and how your support made it happen.

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Photo: Ngarra Murray

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women creating change in community

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The Straight Talk program has brought together more than 400 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women from across the nation to learn about Australia’s political system and form powerful networks with each other and with women of Federal Parliament.

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Former Straight Talk participants, Lefan Jard and Vonda Moar-Malone at the Oxfam offices in Melbourne. They are now members of our Steering Group for 2013 Straight Talk. Photo: Lara McKinley

How you can get involved with NAIDOC week

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NAIDOC Week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across Australia. It’s not only celebrated in Indigenous communities but by Australians from all walks of life.

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Photo: Lara McKinley

Our vision for reconciliation

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Oxfam Australia believes that reconciliation is critical to achieving a just world without poverty. We recognise that since colonisation, successive government policies have systematically disadvantaged and marginalised Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People. They remain the most significantly disadvantaged group in Australia, disproportionately affected by poverty, unemployment, chronic illness, disability, lower life expectancy and high levels of incarceration. Read our Reconciliation Action Plan and discover our work with Indigenous Australia.

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