The poorer health of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples when compared to the non-Indigenous population is no secret – and something can be done about it. Since 2006, Australia’s peak Indigenous and non-Indigenous health bodies, NGOs and human rights organisations have worked together to achieve health and life expectation equality for Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This is known as the Close the Gap Campaign.
The campaign’s goal is to close the health and life expectancy gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Australians within a generation. The campaign is built on evidence that shows that significant improvements in the health status of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples can be achieved within short time frames.
This year a passionate group of Xavier Immersion students have planned a Day of Action, to raise awareness and take part in the growing movement to close the gap in health outcomes and life expectancy by the year 2030.
Xavier students will attend a special whole school Assembly and BBQ lunch on Tuesday 17 March and will be invited to participate in ‘Close the Gap’ Instagram Student Photo and 30 for 2030 challenges. By getting involved Xavier students can increase the pressure on the government to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health programs are adequately prioritised and funded.
“It will be a wonderful opportunity to promote social justice in our school community, and start a genuine dialogue about our hopes for the future of our country.” says Michele Milthorpe, Social Justice Coordinator at Xavier.
For more information about the Close the Gap campaign visit: