National Close the Gap Day

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples are dying 10–17 years younger than other Australians. Think about that ― a non-Indigenous child who started kindergarten this year may outlive an Indigenous student completing Year 12. Your school can do something to help change this.

Join the hundreds of thousands of students and teachers across Australia who are standing for health equality. Register your school for a National Close the Gap Day event on March 16 and receive a free pack of education resources.

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Health equality is everyone’s business, and we must continue to work together to ensure Indigenous health equality becomes a reality by 2030. Young people are at the forefront of this movement for change – they can see it’s their generation that is critical to maintaining momentum and creating long-awaited change.

Students and teachers across Australia represent a large percentage of Australians supporting National Close the Gap Day (NCTGD) – in fact, more than 100,000 stood up for health equality in 2016!

Check out how your school can get involved with NCTGD below: from hosting events to using our curriculum-linked school resources.

How can my school take part?

Run a National Close the Gap Day activity

School resources

Run a National Close the Gap Day activity

It could be a special school assembly, a lunchtime event, a class activity – anything you like! Register your National Close the Gap Day activity online and start planning!

After registering, we will keep in touch with important National Close the Gap day updates – such as when our free, curriculum-aligned resources and materials become available!

In the meantime, we have plenty of online resources available to help you begin integrating Close the Gap into your 2017 planning.

School resources

Australian Curriculum-aligned classroom resources:

  • The 2017 National Close the Gap Day Schools How-To Guide is our 18-page guide with everything you need to make your school’s Close the Gap activity successful, but also most of all, fun!

The following downloadable resources will help you and your students too.

  • Live Strong: Close the Gap is a free, education resource inspired by the Close the Gap campaign. Written for Year 7–10 students studying the newly endorsed Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education the resource was created in collaboration ACHPER. It helps students explore issues surrounding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, promote inclusivity and plan health practices and strategies to enhance their own health and the well-being of their communities.
  • Hands On Health – a free education resource, designed for for Yr 11 & 12 Health students, that includes various activities on Close the Gap and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health issues.

Australian Curriculum relevance

Our school resources have been produced to assist teachers integrate National Close the Gap Day in the classroom and address learning outcomes.  Discover how these resources link to the Australian Curriculum:

Our resources can also be used across subjects and learning areas such as English, Society and Environment, Health, Civics and Citizenship, History, Geography, Art, Social Justice and Indigenous Studies.

Instagram Student Photo Challenge

Close the Gap with a Snap! is an annual, National Close the Gap Day Instagram challenge. In 2016, hundreds of high school students from across Australia posted photos to Instagram to reflect five NCTGD themes. You can check out the winning entries online, and see more on Instagram using the #ctgstudents hasthag.

To take part in 2017 follow @closethegapcampaign on Instagram. Take a snap inspired by the daily theme (listed below) and upload to Instagram using the tags #ctgstudents, @closethegapcampaign and don’t forget #yourschoolname!

Day 1 (Monday 13 March): Friendship
Day 2 (Tuesday 14 March): Living Strong
Day 3 (Wednesday 15 March): Hopes and Dreams
Day 4 (Thursday 16 March): Throwback Thursday: my history
Day 5 (Friday 17 March): Me in 2030

The Instagram Student Photo Challenge is a great way for kids to engage with and explore themes to do with Indigenous health equality in an easy, fun and creative way, using ICT in schools.

Our ‘no-faces’ photo policy also ensures the privacy and identities of all students participating in the challenge are protected.

The prizes for 2017, thanks to JB H-Fi, Better World Arts and Oxfam Shop are:

  • Major winner: A Gold Instax SP-2 Share Smartphone Printer, plus extra Instax film, a waterbottle and bookmark featuring Aboriginal art.
  • Runner up: A Cygnett 3-in-1 selfie stick/tripod/Bluetooth remote combo and superwide smartphone lens, Jackery Mini 3350mAh Powerbank, a waterbottle and bookmark featuring Aboriginal art.
  • School prize: A 46cm x 46cm original Aboriginal artwork.

Make sure that Thursday 16 March 2017 is locked in your school calendar, and the week 13 – 17 March is marked for your students to take part in the Instagram Student Photo Challenge!

Note: Ensure that we can see your masterpiece. Check that your Instagram account is set to public, or request @OxfamAustralia to follow you. We accept entries from personal accounts so feel free to create a central account for your class to post images.