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The Close the Gap campaign aims to end the appalling life expectancy gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and non-Indigenous Australians by 2030. Together, we’ve started to Close the Gap. Here are 10 of our favourite milestones over the last 10 years:
We’ve created an Instagram photo challenge especially for Australian students to help Close the Gap. Adding your creative voice is a powerful way to help raise awareness and inspire others in your community.
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.
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.
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.
Health professional and proud Noongar woman Vicki Wade reflects on her people’s struggle to overcome generations of disadvantage and the subsequent health burden.
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.
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.
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.