Closing the Gap

“Currently, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities experience an average life expectancy of up to 17 years less than other Australians.”

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The “Close the Gap” Campaign by Oxfam in Australia highlights on of the countries most significant issues and makes strides to reduce the disparity between Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal Australians resulting from inadequate healthcare. Since 2006, Australia’s peak Indigenous and non-Indigenous health bodies, NGOs and human rights organisations have worked together to achieve health and life expectation equality for Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

They are calling for action that will achieve indigenous health equality within 25 years through long-term investment, increasing access to services, and building government partnerships. Oxfam also advocates building up the indigenous health workforce so that citizens may help within their communities and want to address crucial social issues in other institutions including employment and education.

Former PM Rudd signed the Close the Gap Statement of Intent in March 2008 at the Close the Gap Campaign’s National Indigenous Health Equality Summit. The Campaign has also provided significant momentum towards seven National Partnership Agreements since November 2008 which has increased their funding by approximately $5 billion dollars.

 

-Jenny Zhuo

Sources:

http://www.uq.edu.au/ccsc/oxfam-australia-tackles-indigenous-health-issues

http://www.humanrights.gov.au/close-gap-indigenous-health-campaign

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