National Close the Gap Day
National Close the Gap Day 2017 was on 16 March, with more than 1100 separate events held across the country. The events spanned from the tip of Cape York to Southern Tasmania, and from Rottnest Island in West Australia to towns along Australia’s east coast.
The aim? To bring people together, to share information — and most importantly — to take meaningful action in support of achieving Indigenous health equality by 2030.
With events ranging from workplace morning teas, to sports days, school events and public events in hospitals and offices around the country — tens of thousands of people took part and made a difference.
If you missed out on participating in National Close the Gap Day 2017, you can still take action to Close the Gap and make a huge difference:
- Take action by signing the Close the Gap pledge and asking your friends to do the same
- Listen to and share the stories of Aboriginal people on Facebook
- Share your photos and stories on social media. Use: #ClosetheGap
- Donate to help our work on Close the Gap
- Call, tweet or write to your local Member of Parliament and tell them that you want them to Close the Gap
Your actions can create lasting change. Be part of the generation who closes the gap.
What is Close the Gap?
Equal access to healthcare is a basic human right, and in Australia, we expect it. So what if we told you that you can expect to live almost 20 years less than your next-door neighbour? You wouldn’t accept it. No-one should.
But in reality, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People can expect to live up to 10–17 years less than non-Indigenous Australians. Learn more about why the health gap exists.
Working in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is one of the critical success factors. With continued support from the public, we can ensure the Australian Government continues to work with Indigenous communities, recommit additional funding and invest in real partnerships.
Learn more about what you’re doing to Close the Gap.