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National Close the gap day pushing for health equality

Date posted: 17 March 2015

Australians are being encouraged to join the movement for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health equality, and celebrate this year's National Close the gap day, organised by Oxfam Australia, on Thursday 19 March.

The day is designed to create awareness, spark conversation and remind politicians about the inequality of health care that exists in Australia between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. The event is a way for all Australians to join together and remind our political leaders of their commitments to 'close the gap' in life expectancy within a generation.

Last year, more than 150,000 people took part in 1,298 separate National Close the gap day events across the country, ranging from morning teas, to sports days, school events and public events. Oxfam Australia is encouraging more people to get involved this year, and to register their event online. So far there have been over 1,548 events registered, at schools, parks and other locations in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide, Coffs Harbour, Mount Isa, Normanton, Darwin, Mt Gambier, and Newcastle.

Close the gap Campaign Co-Chairs, Kirstie Parker and Mick Gooda, are encouraged by the groundswell response from every day Australians to National Close the gap day. 'Last year, more than 150,000 people took part in more than 1000 separate National Close the gap day events across the country,' said Ms Parker. 'This year is on track to be even bigger.'

Source: Oxfam Australia, Australian Human Rights Commission

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Last updated: 18 March 2015
 
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