Closing the Gap

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A day to acknowledge the efforts made in extending Indigenous life expectancy while recognising the ongoing need to work toward better health outcomes.

Close the Gap day.

Across Australia events are bringing people together, to share information and to take serious action to achieve Indigenous health equality by 2030.

Last year more than 150 000 people took part in 1596 National Close the Gap Day events.

Today, Minister for Rural Health, Fiona Nash, and Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said the Prime Minister’s Closing the Gap report highlights the challenge ahead if health outcomes are to be met.

The report reveals that although Indigenous mortality rates have declined by 16 per cent since 1998, there is much still to do to close the gap.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can live up to 10–17 years less than non-Indigenous Australians.

Average male life expectancy will need to increase by almost 21 years for males and 16 years for females if we are to close the gap.

“Although we have achieved a significant reduction in child mortality and chronic disease mortality, we acknowledge we have much to do,” Minister Nash said.

“The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan in 2015, is a long-term plan built in partnership between Indigenous health leaders and the Government.”

Minister Scullion said the Government, is firmly focused on three key priorities that address Indigenous disadvantage:

1.      getting children to school,

2.      adults to work and,

3.      making communities safe.

Working in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is one of the critical success factors.

Click here to find out more about what you can do to help close the gap.