Close the Gap
Join the RACGP in demanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health equality.
SIGN THE PETITION TO CLOSE THE GAP
National Close the Gap Day
Taking action to achieve health equality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
Australia is home to the oldest continuously surviving culture on Earth.
Banok Rind, Registered Nurse: We work in these manmade buildings, but beneath these manmade buildings lies more than 60,000 years’ worth of traditions and culture that is well and truly alive today. We are here, we are proud, and we are strong.
We still have not achieved health equality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can expect to live approximately 10 years less than other Australians (AIHW, 2018)
The burden of disease is 2.3 times the rate of non-Indigenous people (AIHW, 2016)
In 2012-13, the potentially preventable hopsitalisation rate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people was 3.4 times the rate than for non-Indigenous people (AIHW, 2015).
How can we close the gap?
Mary Lin, RACGP Victoria: It’s definitely everybody’s responsibility – at work, talking to friends, in our day-to-day lives. It’s not just one day Close the Gap Day, its everyday Close the Gap, every day.
Join more than 200,000 Australians and pledge support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander health equality by 2030.
The RACGP supports the Close the Gap Campaign. Visit Close the Gap
The Close The Gap Campaign was launched in 2006, as a public call to action to address the health inequality between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians. The Campaign brings together Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peak bodies and non-Indigenous health and advocacy organisations for joint action around a shared goal. The RACGP is a founding member of the Campaign and is currently a member of the Steering Committee.
The key message of the Close the Gap campaign is to:
‘Raise the health and life expectancy of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to that of the non-Indigenous population within a generation.’
The Campaign adopts a ‘human rights-based approach’ to achieving its aims. It’s guiding principles affirm that the Campaign is Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander led, committed to remaining non-partisan and independent from government, and upholds consensus decision-making.
The purpose of the Campaign is to advocate for and articulate key priorities to take to government and other key stakeholders. The current strategic priorities of the Campaign focus around the key themes of:
- Targeted, needs based primary health care: including increased investment in the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health sector.
- A responsive healthcare system: that is structured and resourced to be culturally safe, well-trained and responds to the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
- Good housing for good health: calling for increased investment in appropriate housing, recognising housing as a social determinant of health.
The ‘Close the Gap’ Campaign is separate to and distinct from the Federal government’s Closing the Gap Strategy which was launched in 2008 in response to the CTG Campaign.
To find out more about how they are different, have a look at this fact sheet, developed by the Campaign.
National Close the Gap Day - 19 March 2020
National Close the Gap Day is a national day of action to show your support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health equality. It is an opportunity to bring people together, to raise awareness and take meaningful action in support of achieving change.
On National Close the Gap Day, the RACGP encourages its members to hold their own activity or support a local Close the Gap event. For registration, resources and information, visit the ANTaR website.
What can you do to help Close the Gap?
General practice plays an important role in addressing outcomes to Close the Gap, by providing primary healthcare that is accessible, effective and valued by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
You can positively influence your local environments through the use of your advocacy and leadership skills, whether that be in the practice, community, health service, outreach clinic, hospital or political setting.
For more resources, please visit Your Practice.
CTG Campaign Annual Report 2019
CTG Campaign Annual Report 2018