Close the Gap

The Close the Gap campaign, which Oxfam helped to launch a decade ago, is testament to the Australian public’s overwhelming support for improving health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

We’ve played a lead role in transforming the Close the Gap campaign for Indigenous Health Equality from a popular movement into a force that has shaped government policy and continues to do so by working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations.

However, many of Australia’s First Peoples are still denied the same access to healthcare that non-Indigenous Australians take for granted. Despite a decade of Government promises the gap in health and life expectancy between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and other Australians is widening, not closing.

Oxfam is a founding member of the Indigenous led Close the Gap campaign and we work together with a broad coalition of health and human rights organisations to call on political leaders to take action to Close the Gap.

NATIONAL CLOSE THE GAP DAY

March 21 2019

We are excited to announce that National Close the Gap has a new host and a new home. ANTaR, our partner in the Close the Gap campaign will be running NCTGD from January 2019.

For everything NCTGD (registration, resources & information) follow this link: www.Antar.org.au/closethegap

Join more than 250,000 people who have taken action for Indigenous health equality on Nation Close the Gap Day. Your actions can create lasting change. Be part of the generation who closes the gap.

This National Close the Gap Day, we have an opportunity to send our governments a clear message that Australians value health equality as a fundamental right for all.

Our Choices, Our Voices – Close the Gap 2019 Report

This year, Oxfam supported the Lowitja Institute to gather stories of community-led success from every corner of Australia. The case studies featured in the Campaign’s 2019 report show that when Aboriginal communities are involved in the design and delivery of the services they need, we are far more likely to achieve success. Read the report.

What we’re campaigning for

The Close the Gap Coalition — a grouping of Indigenous and non-Indigenous health and community organisations — together with nearly 200,000 Australians are calling on governments to take real, measurable action to achieve Indigenous health equality by 2030.

With your support, we are asking for:

  • Reset the Closing the Gap Strategy by establishing a tripartite partnership between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health leaders, the Commonwealth, and State and Territory governments to co-design health policies.
  • Invest in Indigenous health on a needs basis. The needs of First Australians are akin to that of older people—they have a higher incidence of illness and therefore greater need. But the government only spends 38 per cent more on Indigenous people even though their needs are 2.3 times greater
    Fully cost and fund the Implementation Plan for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health Plan (2013-2023).
  • Ensure that Aboriginal community controlled health services (ACCHOs) are the preferred model for government investment in primary health care services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
  • Commit to providing adequate and long-term financial resources including strengthening of the Indigenous health workforce.
  • Address critical social issues that impact Indigenous health (including poor housing, nutrition, employment and education).
  • Meaningful partnerships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities and health services.