Central Australian Aboriginal Congress held an open day for close the gap, “Indigenous health equality”. Most Australians enjoy one of the highest life expectancies of any country in the world, but this is not true for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can expect to live 10–17 years less than other Australians. Babies born to Aboriginal mothers die at more than twice the rate of other Australian babies, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experience higher rates of preventable illness such as heart disease, kidney disease and diabetes.
The Close the Gap campaign has achieved a lot since its launch by Cathy Freeman and Ian Thorpe in 2006.
These outcomes include, a commitment by government and all major political parties to take action through the formal signing of the Statement of Intent, more health funding, and a stated intention to work in partnership with Indigenous health organisations and communities.
But this is just the beginning. Change will take a generation. We need sustained action from Federal and State Governments. This is where we need your help so take action now and support Indigenous health equality.
Take action now and support Indigenous health equality.