Arche Health’s Aboriginal Health team raised awareness for Closing the Gap by working alongside the East Metropolitan Health service at Royal Perth Hospital on national Closing the Gap Day, March 15th. A BBQ stall was set up to inform people about Closing the Gap and Arche Health’s Aboriginal Health services. This awareness day with BBQ was held at Arche Health’s Belvidere Health Center in Belmont by the Aboriginal Health team, providing insight into the findings of the recent Closing the Gap report and what this means for our organisation as a health service provider. Many of the locals joined us Celebrate this important day.
Its the National Closing the Gap Day today, the annual awareness event that aims to close the health and life expectancy gap between the indigenous and the non-indigenous communities in Australia, usually held on the third Thursday in March. It was first observed in 2007 as a joint venture between Australia's top public and health organizations. The campaign was a response to the poor health outcomes among indigenous groups in Australia. Studies have shown that the life expectancy of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is 10-17 years lower than that of non-Indigenous Australians. The main aim of National Close the Gap Day is to make people from both indigenous and non-indigenous backgrounds aware of this problem and work towards finding ways to solve it.
In February this year, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet released the Prime Minister’s annual 2018 report on progress in closing the gap. The Closing the Gap report showcased successes being achieved at a local level across the country, however, at a national level, progress must be accelerated. The Closing the Gap targets address the areas of health, education and employment, and provide an important snapshot of where progress is being made and where further efforts are needed.
Hundreds of thousands of Australians have supported the Close the Gap campaign to put Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander health, life expectancy and wellbeing onto the national agenda.