Ask about #CloseTheGap on tonight’s #QandA

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples die 10-17 years younger than non-Indigenous Australians. In 2008 federal, state and territory governments all committed to close the life expectancy gap by 2030. This is a long term target and we are just starting to see results. How will each party ensure continued bipartisanship on this critical issue, […]

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

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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 […]

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Will COAG commit to Close the Gap?

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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 […]

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Close the Gap Day in Melbourne

Critical Close the Gap funding must be continued

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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, […]

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Why it’s important that we Close the Gap

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This time next week, thousands of people just like you will sit down with their friends, colleagues and neighbours for National Close the Gap Day. You may have already planned your own small get-together in your workplace or home – and your efforts will send a powerful message to government that the community wants on-going […]

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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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Closing the Gap profile: Moss Vale High School

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Oxfam volunteer Sarah Morris profiles Moss Vale High School, where students are preparing for National Close the Gap Day, one of the biggest days on their school calendar.

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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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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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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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University of Sydney helps to close the gap

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The annual National Close the Gap Day held on March 24 serves as a focal point of efforts on the Close the Gap campaign. This year was really successful, with over 850 individual events held across the nation.

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Fitzroy Stars helping to Close the Gap

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In celebration of National Close the Gap Day we join the Fitzroy Stars, an Aboriginal football club, on their training weekend. Not only is the club helping its players to live healthier lifestyles, it’s also spreading the word in the community about closing the life expectancy gap between Aboriginal men and other Australians.

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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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