Close the Gap Campaign – 22 Mar

Council is supporting National Close the Gap Day, 22 March 2012. On average, Indigenous Australians die 17 years younger than non-Indigenous Australians. Indigenous infant mortality is also three times that of other Australians. Australian governments have at last committed to close this life expectancy gap within a generation. But there is still much to be done to achieve Indigenous health equality within 25 years. We the undersigned call on the Australian Government to:

  • develop in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their representative bodies a comprehensive National Action Plan to achieve Indigenous health equality;
  • increase Indigenous control and participation in the delivery of health services; and
  • address the critical social issues of housing, education and self determination which contribute to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health crisis.
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