National Close the Gap Day

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.

Sign the Close the Gap pledge

To achieve health equality for Indigenous Australians within 25 years we call on the Australian Government to:

  • Develop a comprehensive National Action Plan with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their representative bodies
  • Increase Indigenous community participation and control in the delivery of health services
  • Address the critical social issues of housing, education and self-determination

Join us in demanding Indigenous health equality within a generation. Download the pledge sheets below and return them to Oxfam Australia, 132 Leicester St, Carlton, Victoria 3053.

Download the “30 for 2030? pledge sheet here

Download the organisational pledge here

Download the individual pledge here

Write to the Prime Minister

Take action now and support Indigenous health equality. More than words are needed to Close the Gap. The Federal Government must commit to a financial commitment to essential health services. Write to the Prime Minister and other senior leaders.

Download the letter here