National Close the Gap Day – 16 March 2017
Last year, more than 150,000 people took part in 1596 separate National Close the Gap Day events across the country.
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 — anyone can take part and make a difference.
Whether you are attending an event or not, you can be part of National Close the Gap Day 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.