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National Close the Gap Day

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Since 2006, Australia’s peak Indigenous and non-Indigenous health bodies, NGOs and human rights organisations have cumulatively engaged through the “Close the Gap Campaign”  to accomplish health and life expectation equality for Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The aim of the campaign is to close the gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Australians within a generation. This goal is based on evidence that illustrates that significant improvements in the health status of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can be achieved within short time frames.

In February this year, the Prime Minister’s annual report on progress in closing the gap was released. The ninth Closing the Gap report showcases successes being achieved at a local level across the country, however, at a national level, progress needs to 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.

Arche Health’s Aboriginal Health team assisted with raising awareness for Closing the Gap by working alongside the East Metropolitan Health service at Royal Perth Hospital on national Closing the Gap Day, March 16th. An advertising stall for Arche Health’s Aboriginal Health programs and services assisted in informing people about Closing the Gap. A morning tea was also held at Arche Health’s Bentley office by the Aboriginal Health team, where insight was provided into the findings of the recent Closing the Gap report and what this means for our organisation as a health service provider. 

Did you know?

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have been living on the land now known as Australia for a minimum of 50,000 years, making the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture one of the oldest in the world.
  • 70% of the population (over 16 million people) think improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community living conditions should be of high priority for the Australian government.
  • The gap in infant mortality rates between Indigenous and non-Indigenous babies has narrowed by 83% from 1998 to 2012.
  • Indigenous people are 60% more likely to die from cancer than non-Indigenous people.
  • 30% of adults in Indigenous communities are living with type 2 diabetes. That is more than three times higher than non-Indigenous communities.
  • Chronic disease accounts for around 70% of Indigenous deaths and three quarters of the gap in mortality rates between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

Call Arche Health on (08) 9458 0505 or email admin@archehealth.com.au to find out about our Aboriginal Health program and the services that we offer to assist you with your health needs.

Resources:

Closing the Gap website

Human Right Australia