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Tuesday, 01 March 2016 11:41

National Close the Gap Day

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close the gap oxfamAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People still die 10-17 years younger than other Australians. Closing this health gap cannot be done overnight. We need a long-term commitment with adequate funding, and investment in real partnerships.

Since 2006, the Close the Gap health campaign held annually on 17 March has achieved an enormous amount. This has only happened with community support. In 2012 alone, more than 130,000 Australians joined National Close the Gap Day to show their support, to talk about, to spread the word, and to take action to improve indigenous health.

What can you do to improve indigenous health outcomes?

  • Ask your state Premier to ensure that your state government commits to closing the gap
  • Pick up some great Close the Gap t-shirts, bumper stickers, posters and more!
  • Sign the Close the Gap pledge – add your name to more than 185,000 other Australians

Find out more about the Close the Gap campaign, Close the Gap student kit and school classroom resources and how you can take action.

(Featured image from Oxfam Australia on Facebook)