Close the Gap
In 2016 we celebrated the 10 year anniversary of the Close the Gap campaign. That this single campaign has endured for a decade is testament to how much public support is for improving health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
We’ve played a lead role in transforming the Close the Gap campaign for Indigenous Health Equality from a popular campaign to a force that continues to shape government policy by working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations to hold our government to account.
Why is closing the gap so important?
Most Australians enjoy one of the highest life expectancies of any country in the world — but this is not true for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can expect to live 10–17 years less than other Australians. Babies born to Aboriginal mothers die at more than twice the rate of other Australian babies, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experience higher rates of preventable illness such as heart disease, kidney disease and diabetes.
The mortality rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is on par with some of the world’s most impoverished nations. The United Nations Report, The State of the World’s Indigenous Peoples (2009) indicated Australia and Nepal have the world’s worst life expectancy gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.
Is this the Australia you want? With your help we aim to close this health gap and achieve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health equality within a generation.
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 is calling on governments to take real, measurable action to achieve Indigenous health equality by 2030.
With your support, we are asking for:
- The Implementation Plan for tne National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health Plan (2013-2023)
- 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
- improvements to Indigenous participation, control and delivery of health services
- a commitment to provide adequate and long-term financial resources including strengthening of the Indigenous health workforce
- a way to 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
How you can Close the Gap
The Close the Gap campaign has achieved a tremendous amount since its launch by Cathy Freeman and Ian Thorpe in 2006. These outcomes include:
- a commitment by government and all major political parties to take action through the formal signing of the Statement of Intent
- allocation of additional health funding through COAG; and
- a stated intention to work in partnership with Indigenous health organisations and communities.
But this is just the beginning. Change will take a generation. We need sustained action from Federal and State Governments. This is where we need your help.
Take action now and support Indigenous health equality: