17 March is National Close the Gap Day
This year marks a decade since the Close the Gap Campaign began. The campaign is working towards a major goal – to close the gap in health and life expectancy outcomes between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Australians within a generation.
As the tenth annual Close the Gap Day approaches on 17 March, now is a great time to pledge your support and host an event to raise awareness about how we can achieve health equality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Some quick statistics…
- Last year over 150,000 people participated in 1,596 events to celebrate National Close the Gap Day. This year, the campaign is aiming for 250,000 people to get involved and sign the pledge.
- The life expectancy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is approximately 10 years lower than for the rest of the Australian population.
- One in three deaths among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 to 35 is due to suicide – twice the rate of other Australians.
Did you know…?
The Close the Gap Campaign, launched in 2006, is an independent coalition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and mainstream peak health and advocacy organisations, advocating for health equality by 2030. The Government’s ‘Closing the Gap’ strategy, launched in 2008, refers to a series of government policies and programs, including specific health targets, which are aimed at reducing disadvantage amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across six key areas, including health, education, employment and early childhood.
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