Live Strong: Close the Gap

The ‘Live Strong’ Close the Gap education resource has been created in collaboration with the Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER), National and Oxfam Australia, on behalf of the Close the Gap Coalition.

Download the Live Strong: Close the Gap education resource for free.

It has been developed to support the delivery of a flexible and engaging curriculum to support the Close the Gap health equality campaign, to increase intercultural understanding and awareness of the social determinants of health, and inspire young Australians to take action in their communities towards achieving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island health equality by the year 2030.

Live Strong: The Close the Gap education resource has been mapped to support the implementation of the newly endorsed Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education and ACHPER strongly suggests that teachers also address the specific curriculum state jurisdictions, authorities and sectors.

Available online for free download, the Live Strong: Close the Gap resource includes:

  • Specific mapping to the Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education, with specific support for the strand Personal Social and Community Health (PSCH) and Movement and Physical Activity (MPA);
  • Curriculum tables with content descriptors for the targeted bands — Year 7–8 and Year 9–10;
  • Background notes for teachers to ensure teacher knowledge of context whilst supporting teacher professional judgment within the local context;
  • Tablet and print-friendly student activity worksheets;
  • Detailed lesson plans with support for assessment tasks decisions by the teacher.

Live Strong: The Close the Gap education resource has been developed to assist teachers and can be used flexibly — either as a comprehensive teaching resource to scaffold in-depth student engagement — or as standalone activities.

Live Strong: The Close the Gap education resource helps students explore issues surrounding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, examine benefits, promote inclusivity and plan health practices and strategies to enhance their own health and the well-being of their communities. Participation and investigation of the cultural significance of a range of physical activities is also promoted.

Disclaimer: Reference has been made to the Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education. This resource was developed as implementation support and does not imply endorsement by ACARA. Teachers should also refer to state jurisdiction for local curriculum context. This resource was published in December 2015. All information and links correct at the time of publishing.