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Closing the gap in a generation

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.

Government must not go ahead with cuts to Aboriginal Legal Services

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.

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

Will COAG commit to Close the Gap?

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 […]

Critical Close the Gap funding must be continued

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, […]

Indigenous Knowledge is Eternal

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 […]

A step closer to recognising Indigenous Australians in our constitution

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 […]

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

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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