National Close the Gap Day – March 16th – 2017

Last year, more than 150,000 people took part in 1596 separate National Close the Gap Day events across the country.

The aim? To bring people together, to share information — and most importantly — to take meaningful action in support of achieving Indigenous health equality by 2030.

Here at Xavier we will be hosting a BBQ this Thursday with all proceeds going towards this campaign. Our aim is to educate our students on how we can close the gap.

What is Close the Gap?

Equal access to healthcare is a basic human right, and in Australia, we expect it. So what if we told you that you can expect to live almost 20 years less than your next-door neighbour? You wouldn’t accept it. No-one should.

But in reality, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People can expect to live up to 10–17 years less than non-Indigenous Australians. Learn more about why the health gap exists.

Working in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is one of the critical success factors. With continued support from the public, we can ensure the Australian Government continues to work with Indigenous communities, recommit additional funding and invest in real partnerships.

TAKE ACTION

Learn more about what you’re doing to Close the Gap.