In his 2005 landmark Social Justice Report, Social Justice Commissioner Tom Calma called for a generational campaign to address the appalling gap in health between First Peoples and other Australians, that sees a baby born to an Aboriginal mother twice as likely to die before the age of four, and elders lives cut short by more than 10 years compared to non-Indigenous Australians.
Over 1600 hundred community and corporate events across the country today signalled the need for a recommitment to health equality this election year. Thank to those of you who joined us for the Annual National Close the Gap Day Picnic at Redfern Community Centre. Read our National Close the Gap Press Statement here.
Thanks to everyone who braved the weather this morning to join us for the Annual National Close the Gap Day Picnic. Big thanks to Close the Gap Co-Chair Jackie Huggins from National Congress of Australia's First Peoples who spoke about the unacceptable 10 year life expectancy gap that must be closed.
ANTaR will again be co-hosting the Annual National Close the Gap Day Picnic with Close the Gap campaign partners National Congress of Australia's First Peoples and Oxfam Australia. This National Close the Gap Day we will be joined by City of Sydney through Redfern Community Centre. Come along and hear from Jackie Huggins, Close the Gap Campaign Co-chair, have a yarn with community members and plant a hand for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Equality.