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Record National Close the Gap Day

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A record 1289 community-led events were held across Australia on March 20th to celebrate National Close the Gap Day, attracting more than 150,000 people. To find out how you can show your continuing support for Indigenous health equality, read on.

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Close the Gap with the “30 for 2030” Challenge!

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To close the gap in a generation, Indigenous health equality needs to be on top of the political agenda. By taking the 30 for 2030 challenge you’ll be joining thousands of others to remind the government of their commitments to Indigenous health.

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Get involved with National Close the Gap Day

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National Close the Gap Day is closing in. On Thursday 20 March 2014, thousands of Australians will take action to improve Indigenous health. Register your event today

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Closing the gap in a generation

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders can expect a shorter life expectancy and a decreased quality of life compared to non-Indigenous Australians. It’s a situation you would associate with an impoverished nation, but it is happening right here in our own backyard. You can contribute to a fairer, better Australia–one that says no to health inequality, injustice and discrimination.

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Government must not go ahead with cuts to Aboriginal Legal Services

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The Federal Government is set to defund the peak National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (NATSILS) and all law reform and policy officer positions in affiliates across the country today. The $9 million of cuts would mean the appalling over-representation of incarcerated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is likely to get worse.

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Overseas aid, climate change and Indigenous health should remain priorities for the government

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Overseas aid, climate change and its impact on global hunger, and Indigenous health remain important issues after the Coalition’s election win. We are hoping that an Abbott government will work with us on these key issues to improve the lives of some of the most vulnerable people – both here in Australia and overseas. We […]

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Oxfam Journeying for Recognition with Recognise

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Oxfam has been working for constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people since 2010. So when the idea of the Journey to Recognition was discussed by the Recognise Reference Group as a way of taking the message of recognition around the country, it was clear that we should support it. On the 26th May […]

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Ian Thorpe asks Australian governments not to forget Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health

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The following letter from Ian Thorpe appeared in The Australian newspaper on Thursday 18th April 2013: Dear state, territory and federal government leaders, I got behind the Close the Gap campaign because I believed it’s totally unacceptable that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples die 10–17 years younger than non-Indigenous Australians. I believed that long-term commitments […]

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Will COAG commit to Close the Gap?

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Federal, state and territory governments must recommit to crucial Indigenous health funding at this Friday’s Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting, to ensure improvements in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health can continue. Continuing to fund the National Partnership Agreement on Indigenous Health should be on the agenda of this Friday’s COAG meeting, as it is […]

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Critical Close the Gap funding must be continued

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More than 140,000 people across Australia today will remind political leaders of their commitment to close the gap in health inequality, as critical Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health funding is due to expire. Today is the seventh annual National Close the Gap Day, with a record 950 community events in homes, schools, universities, workplaces, […]

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Indigenous Knowledge is Eternal

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Lorna Schmider-Woodcock is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander woman from Brisbane. She currently lives in Canberra where she is an Indigenous cadet through the Australian Public Service Commission program at the National Museum of Australia. On December 10th and 11th, 2012, I attended the Indigenous Knowledge is Eternal: Knowledge and Culture Sharing in Indigenous […]

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A step closer to recognising Indigenous Australians in our constitution

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Oxfam Australia CEO Dr Helen Szoke: The passing of the Act of Recognition Bill through the House of Representatives is an historic moment for Australia and marks a significant step towards a referendum to recognise Indigenous Australians in our country’s constitution. The Australian constitution entered into force in 1901 without input from Aboriginal or Torres […]

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2013 is a critical year in the struggle for Indigenous health equality

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Tens of thousands of Australians are expected to take part in events in support of the Close the Gap campaign, which aims to achieve health equality between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians by 2030. Community groups, health services, schools and individuals around Australia already are registering online to hold a Close […]

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Darren Mercy and daughter Avril Mercy play in the garden outside Galambila Aboriginal Health Service. Photo: Jason Malouin/OxfamAUS

Tackling Indigenous inequality

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For the fourth year running the NRL is again dedicating an entire round of their premiership to the Close the Gap Issue, the largest Australian campaign to improve indigenous health. The NRL’s Close the Gap round last year reached over three million people with the message of health equality. This year the Close the Gap […]

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Oxfam welcomes Government’s commitment to new partnership to Close the Gap in Indigenous health

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The Australian Government’s announcement that it will work in partnership with the new National Health Leadership Forum (NHLF) to achieve health equality for Indigenous peoples within a generation heralds the start of a new era in Indigenous health.

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Success stories from the frontline of Aboriginal health

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“A picture is worth a thousand words.” Never has this old saying been more apt, as digital technologies enable us to tell stories in new and powerful ways. Recently, Oxfam Australia – in partnership with the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO), the Victorian Department of Health, and a number of Victorian mainstream and […]

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