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