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Get involved with National Close the Gap Day

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National Close the Gap Day is closing in. On Thursday 20 March 2014, thousands of Australians will take action to improve Indigenous health. Register your event today

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Closing the gap in this generation

Closing the gap in a generation

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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.

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Government must not go ahead with cuts to Aboriginal Legal Services

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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.

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Constitutional Recognition of the First Australians – fixing our incomplete national story

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Our Constitution is missing a crucial part of the Australian story – there’s not one mention of the tens of thousands of years of history of the First Australians, nor the unique contribution that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people continue to make today. In fact, whilst there are parts that mention lighthouses, beacons, buoys […]

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Indigenous Knowledge is Eternal

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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 […]

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The ChangeCourse journey: part 3

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Bonnie Hook brings us her third – and final – ChangeCourse blog post and emotions are running high!

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ChangeCourse mentor Aaron Nagus greeting participants at the airport. Photo: Bonnie Hook/OxfamAUS

The ChangeCourse journey: part 1

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This is the first in a series of blog posts from the scene of ChangeCourse 2012, where young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from around Australia have come together to work with Oxfam on bringing about positive change in their communities and themselves.

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Rock for Recognition

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A new series of concerts called Rock for Recognition have been initiated in order to raise awareness and promote the need for recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Constitution. The inaugural Rock for Recognition headlined by Dan Sultan will tour to Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Fremantle and features a varied […]

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Campaigning to Close the Gap at the NRL

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Last weekend, campaigners and volunteers hit footy grounds across the country to talk to fans about Indigenous health inequality, as part of the Close the Cap National Rugby League round. When I left home early on Saturday morning, I must admit to being slightly nervous about the reception we would receive. League fans are out to […]

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Close the Gap and the NRL tackling Indigenous health inequality

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For the fifth year running, the NRL is dedicating a round of matches to Close the Gap – Australia’s largest campaign to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. The round (3-6 August) will raise awareness of Indigenous health inequalities, but also encourage further cooperation to Close the Gap between our leaders and communities! Remind […]

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Darren Mercy and daughter Avril Mercy play in the garden outside Galambila Aboriginal Health Service. Photo: Jason Malouin/OxfamAUS

Tackling Indigenous inequality

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For the fourth year running the NRL is again dedicating an entire round of their premiership to the Close the Gap Issue, the largest Australian campaign to improve indigenous health. The NRL’s Close the Gap round last year reached over three million people with the message of health equality. This year the Close the Gap […]

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NAIDOC Week 2012

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by Oxfam intern Jarrod Strauch On 27 January 1972, at just shy of one in the morning, four young Aboriginal men planted a beach umbrella on the lawn in front of Parliament House. They were there in response to Prime Minister William McMahon’s newly-announced policy on Aboriginal land rights – a policy which announced that while […]

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Oxfam welcomes Government’s commitment to new partnership to Close the Gap in Indigenous health

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The Australian Government’s announcement that it will work in partnership with the new National Health Leadership Forum (NHLF) to achieve health equality for Indigenous peoples within a generation heralds the start of a new era in Indigenous health.

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Closing the Gap with SWAMS, part 4: Clem

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By turns an advocate between doctor and patient, a crusader against diabetes, and a contact point for the Indigenous community, Aboriginal health worker Clem Jetta tells us how he’s trying to Close the Gap.

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Closing the Gap with SWAMS, part 3: Hayley

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Meet Hayley, the third Aboriginal health worker in our SWAMS interview series. Here, she describes how she puts clients at ease and talks about some of the health issues she encounters in her work.

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Closing the Gap with SWAMS, part 2: Steven

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In our latest Aboriginal health worker interview, Steven tells us how SWAMS is making a positive difference to the health of Aboriginal people in WA’s southwest.

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Closing the Gap with SWAMS, part 1: Katherine

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Katherine is an Aboriginal health worker with SWAMS (South West Aboriginal Medical Service), based in Bunbury, Western Australia. In the first interview of a four-part series about SWAMS’ clinical team, she talks about the rewards and challenges of her job.

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Rugby League tackles Indigenous health crisis

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When Jamie Soward became the first player to pass 200 points in last year’s NRL Premiership, he signalled a reminder of just how prominent Aboriginal players are in rugby league. Three of the top five point scorers in last year’s premiership are Aboriginal – Soward, Johnathan Thurston and Scott Prince. Although Aboriginal and Torres Strait […]

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Oxfam attends the NRL “Close the Gap’ Round

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Our intern Georgina Askham reports on the recent Close the Gap NRL round between the Brisbane Broncos and the New Zealand Warriors.

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The Close the Gap NRL round from the inside

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Australia is one of the wealthiest countries in the world, yet on average an Aboriginal child born today will still live for many years less than a non-Aboriginal child.Why is it important for rugby league to join the campaign to close this gap? It’s very, very important. A lot of people can look at third […]

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NAIDOC Week 2011

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It’s NAIDOC Week, a time when we celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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Success stories from the frontline of Aboriginal health

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“A picture is worth a thousand words.” Never has this old saying been more apt, as digital technologies enable us to tell stories in new and powerful ways. Recently, Oxfam Australia – in partnership with the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO), the Victorian Department of Health, and a number of Victorian mainstream and […]

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Not just one day to Close the Gap

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Oxfam volunteer Tim Lay reports on National Close the Gap Day activities at the University of Sydney

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5 years of Close the Gap

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Today marks the fifth anniversary of the Close the Gap Campaign which works to close the life expectancy gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians within a generation.

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