National Close the Gap Day


National Close the Gap Day: Thursday 17 March 2016

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Last year, more than 150,000 people took part in 1298 separate National Close the Gap Day events across the country. With events ranging from workplace morning teas, to sports days, school events and public events in hospitals and offices around the country — anyone can take part and make a difference.

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.

How Children’s Ground is working to Close the Gap

Featured in this year’s National Close the Gap Day video, Children’s Ground is working with local communities to end intergenerational disadvantage in Kakadu, West Arnhem in the Northern Territory. Find out more about how Children’s Ground is Closing the Gap.

Learn more about what you’re doing to Close the Gap.