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Closing the Gap Day. Australia Needs to Do More

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Thursday 19 March 2015 is National Closing the Gap Day, a day where all Australians can come together to campaign for better outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Australians.

The campaign was deemed necessary as Australia has one of the world’s worse life expectancy gaps between Indigenous and Non Indigenous peoples.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can expect to live 10-17 years less than non-Indigenous Australians.

 

Getting Serious About Getting It Right

 

The failure that is evident in the Prime Minister’s Closing the Gap Report is not just a failure of the current Federal Government; it is a failure for all Australians.

 

Chronic disease accounts for 81 percent of the gap in death rates between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

 

Improvements in life expectancy can only be achieved when real progress in resourcing education, employment, housing, income, safety and the prevention of health risk behaviours is achieved.

 

Last year, students and teachers across Australia made up a quarter of the 150,000 Australians supporting National Close the Gap Day – helping make it the largest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander campaign movement in Australia’s history.

 

This can happen again.

 

Thursday 19 March 2015 provides the opportunity for IEU members to come together to highlight the plight of Indigenous Australians and campaign to ensure that all Australian children live long, healthy and happy lives.

Read More. Closing the Gap Day

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