National Close the Gap Day

Everyone deserves a right to a healthy future and the opportunities this affords, but for many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, this is not the case.

National Close the Gap Day is a time for all Australians to come together and commit to achieving health equality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people by 2030.

The gap in life expectancy, infant mortality and preventable illnesses such as heart disease, kidney disease and diabetes are far greater amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

For the first time, the Government in Partnership with the Coalition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peak Organisations announced a new National Agreement on Closing the Gap. The objective is to overcome the inequalities faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, pushing for equality in life outcomes for all Australians.  When Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples become part of the decision making process in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies and programs that affect them, then better outcomes can be achieved.

The National Agreement on Closing the Gap’s four priority reforms include:

  • Shared decision making
  • Building the community controlled sector
  • Improving mainstream institutions
  • Improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander led data

Additionally, 17 socio-economic targets have been established to measure progress outcomes and implementation will be tracked.

Join Southern Cross University Indigenous Events Coordinating Committee (SCUIECC) as we read, view and learn more ways to Close the Gap:

What is Rheumatic Heart Disease and why is this preventable disease still killing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples?

  • Go to: RHD Australia
  • Watch the trailer Take Heart Deadly Heart – or if you’re in Melbourne or Sydney - go along to the launch of the film for Closing the Gap
  • Watch Heart Failure – aired on ABC’s Four Corners – An investigation into the hidden and shameful failure in public health taking place in remote Australian communities.

What are we doing here at SCU?

  • View the iSistaQuit project
  • Support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students – Indigenous Australian Student Services
  • Scholarships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students
  • Indigenous Student Success Programs
  • Teaching Programs in Indigenous Knowledge – Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples
  • Gnibi Elders Council – using their collective wisdom and knowledge to provide vision, leadership and guidance to the University on Indigenous issues
  • Acknowledging Country
  • National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Academy - Lismore campus
    In order to close the gap in Indigenous health outcomes, Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA) will partner with Southern Cross University in an initiative which will support senior high school students as they embark on their journey to becoming Indigenous allied health professionals.  The Academy will support senior school students to undertake a school based traineeship whilst successfully completing Year 12 with a Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance.  This will be delivered by TAFE NSW on Lismore campus with opportunities for practicum placements provided by the SCU Health Clinic and/or allied health students on existing placements in Indigenous services and schools.  After successful completion students will be able to gain employment in assistance roles in hospitals, medical or dental practices, or transition into further studies in a diploma or bachelors’ qualification.
  • Northern United Rugby League Football Club - Partnership with SCU
    The Northern United RLFC is an Aboriginal local football club with a strong community engagement across the Bundjalung Nation.  In partnership with the Faculty of Health, a Health and High-Performance Program was established for club members that will be provide strength and conditioning sessions delivered by a Sport and Exercise Science supervisor, with up to five students in attendance throughout the season.  This partnership gives students placement opportunities to engage with a local sports club on a regular basis, as well as increase Indigenous learning and awareness.  It is envisioned the program will improve the health and wellbeing of the club’s members and the broader community.

What Aboriginal Health Services are in the Community?

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National Close the Gap Day 2022

Date and time

From: 09:00 AM Thursday, March 17, 2022 To: 06:00 PM Thursday, March 17, 2022