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Date posted: 16 March 2017
The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet acknowledged National Close the Gap Day with a morning tea at their offices this morning.
The Close the Gap campaign has achieved a tremendous amount since its launch by Oxfam in 2006. Special guests who joined the morning tea were from the peak body for the 22 Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHSs) in Western Australia.
The Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia (AHCWA) is the organisation that acts as a forum to lead the development of Aboriginal Health policy, to influence and monitor performance across the health sector, to advocate for and support community development and capacity building in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. They advocate for the rights and entitlements of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people throughout Western Australia, at a local, regional, state and national level.
The 2017 Oxfam Close the Gap video was shown and AHCWA guest presenters Sharon Bushby (Group Manager Sector Development) and James Harris (Workforce Development Coordinator) spoke about their work at the organisation.
To mark Close the Gap Day, the HealthInfoNet launched our national annual publication the Overview of Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander health status 2016 which is freely available on our web resource.