Closing The Gap

In Australia, healthcare is a basic human right, so why are so many Australians still without access to healthcare services?

The national 'Close the Gap' campaign has been running for 10 years, but we still have a long way to go. We still see that Indigenous Australians and Torres Strait Islander people live, on average, 10 years less than non-Indigenous Australians. Aboriginal health standards in Australia are now so low that almost half of Aboriginal men and over a third of women die before they turn 45.

Statistics show that some of the main courses for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mortality rate in Australia are preventable conditions, it is the lack of healthcare and education that allows the conditions to worsen and in some cases, causing death.

Why Does the Gap Exist?

– Indigenous Australians do not have access to basic health services, particularly those in remote regions
– As well as healthcare services, Aboriginal Australians are without education
– We have seen the unemployment rate continue to rise
– Poor housing conditions also contribute to poor health

Current Progress

In the 10 years the Close the Gap campaign has been running we have seen a significant change, with the most significant changes being:

– The government and opposition signed a Statement of Intent to close the health and life expectancy gap by 2030, to adopt equality targets, and focus on equal health plans for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
– The target to halve the child mortality rate by 2018 and a $1.6B commitment.
– The launch of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan, and the subsequent launch of its plan to implement the health plan.
– A 16% decline in the mortality rate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
– A 40% decline in the circulatory disease mortality rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples between 1998 and 2012

What is needed to close the gap by 2030:
– Address critical social issues such as poor health, nutrition, education, housing and unemployment
– Make health care services more accessible
– Prioritising funding to the health services outlined in the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Implementation Plan
– Elimination racism in social environments as well as in

If you are asking yourself 'What can I do to help'?

– Talk openly about the current issues – raise awareness
– Join the 200,000 + Australians and Pledge to Close the Gap with Oxfam Australia.

We need action from Federal and State Governments, so take the pledge today

Close the Gap 2017 and 2018 West End Event -