16 March is National Close the Gap Day. The aim? To bring people together, to share information and to take meaningful action in support of achieving Indigenous health equality by 2030. With events ranging from workplace morning teas to sports days, school events and public events in hospitals and offices around the country — anyone can take part and make a difference.
Why close the gap?
Equal access to healthcare is a basic human right, and in Australia, we expect it. But in reality, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People can expect to live up to 10–17 years less than non-Indigenous Australians. They also experience higher rates of preventable illness such as heart disease, kidney disease and diabetes (source: Oxfam).
What can you do?
Like so often, good engagement could - and sometimes already is - one of the major influences to turn things around. But that requires a shared understanding of the problem, common goals and clear mutual expectations. It also means a willingness to work together and share power, reduce control and make mutual adjustments (source: Closing the gap sharinghouse).
Take action now and support Indigenous health equality: National Close the Gap Day; Sign the pledge; More ways to get involved.