Term one featured resource: Close the Gap

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

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?

Hold a National Close the Gap Day event

School resources

Hold a National Close the Gap Day event

It could be a special school assembly, a lunchtime event, a class activity – anything you like! Lock in Thursday 16 March 2017 for your National Close the Gap Day event, and on 7 November 2016 please revisit this page to register your event online.

When you register, you can access free Close the Gap resources and materials including a How To Guide for Students which gives you all the information you need to run a successful event in your school, as well as all the details for taking part in the Instagram student photo challenge.

Make sure that Thursday 16 March 2016 is locked on your school calendar, and the week of 13 – 17 March is marked for your students to take part in the Instagram student photo challenge.

Our handy, free classroom resources will also help you further integrate Close the Gap into your school curriculum.

School resources

Classroom resources:

  • 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.

Teaching resources submitted by supporters

These great resources have been provided by supporters of the Close the Gap campaign.

Want someone from Oxfam to come and speak to your students about the Close the Gap campaign? If so, please fill out this form  and email Oxfam.

Please be aware that the Speaker’s Bureau requires three weeks notice to find an available speaker. While we try and send a speaker to most requests, we are not always able to meet requests due to limited resources.