Paddling for men’s Indigenous health

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After tackling his own mental health issues, Cormach Evans is now determined to improve the health and wellbeing of other Indigenous men in the Geelong community – through sport.

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10 shameful facts that will make you want to Close the Gap

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are faced with disproportionate rates of preventable disease, injury and mental health challenges. It’s unacceptable. It’s time to Close the Gap!

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Action starts with acknowledgement: Closing the Gap with Indigenous health education

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Kelly Langford, an Indigenous medical student, witnessed the heartbreaking burden of diabetes in her community and was inspired to take action.

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Look back on your achievements

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2016 was a year of massive upheaval for many people across the world. But it was not all bad news. Together with Oxfam, you’ve been there, and given hope to millions of people.

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Schools in action: William Angliss Institute host awesome hunger banquet

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Hunger affects one in nine people around the world. And thankfully, there are things each of us can do, even at school. Things that tie-in with who we are, our interests, and the people we meet. We just need to think laterally.

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They survived the violence, but they can’t survive without clean water

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“There is only one activity in the community — surviving.” Louise and her family escaped armed rebels, but now they face a new danger — deadly, dirty water.

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Being a young Aboriginal woman in Australia today

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Close the Gap campaign lead, Tom Widdup, finds out how — despite continued high levels of Indigenous disadvantage, and a disconnect that still hinders relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australia — Danielle and many young Indigenous Australians like her are working to overcome these barriers.

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What would you do if you were President for a day?

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Urban developments, otherwise known as slums, are quickly spreading across Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. With them comes a huge threat of disease and poverty for the hundreds of thousands of people who call the slums home. Read the stories of 10 kids from the Mukuru slum and their dreams for the future.

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Close the Gap with the “30 for 2030” Challenge!

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To close the gap in a generation, Indigenous health equality needs to be on top of the political agenda. By taking the 30 for 2030 challenge you’ll be joining thousands of others to remind the government of their commitments to Indigenous health.

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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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Sammy J and Randy in South Africa

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Australian comedy duo Sammy J and Randy attracted some funny looks during their recent trip to South Africa. They suspect this might have had something to do with the colour of Randy’s purple hue! The pair paid a visit to the Woza Moya HIV/AIDS Community Centre (an Oxfam partner organisation) in the lead up to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala and made a few friends along the way.

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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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World AIDS Day 2011: glimmers of hope

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Today, across the world, 4,900 people will die because they have AIDS. Another 7,100 will be infected with HIV. That’s 12,000 people directly affected in one day – not including the families and community members who are also affected when a person they know contracts HIV. A staggering three-quarters of those deaths and two-thirds of […]

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Survival and triplets in the midst of famine

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In the midst of famine, Somali children survive with the help of Oxfam partner SAACID, whose community therapeutic care centres across Mogadishu are admitting more than 3,000 malnourished children every week.

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Providing free health care in Mogadishu

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21-year-old Maryana, a nurse for one of Oxfam’s Somali partners, works at an emergency therapeutic centre in Mogadishu. Here she talks about the many challenges she faces in providing free health care to thousands of malnourished children.

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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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With drought and famine weakening Somalia, community care improves childrens’ health

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Launched with a local Somali partner in 2009, Oxfam’s innovative community care program to address malnutrition in Mogadishu has reached 136,000 children. This is the story of one of these children, Mohamed, who recovered from severe illness and malnutrition.

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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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More than 85,000 students took action to Close the Gap

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This year, more than 85,000 students and more than 5000 teachers at 371 schools showed their support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health equality – making it the biggest National Close the Gap day in history.

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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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Time for action! Oxfam delivers your messages to The Just Group

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In December last year Herald Sun investigations confirmed that home-based workers in Australia who sew labels such as Portmans and Jacqui-E work under poor conditions with wages as little as $2 an hour.

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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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