Modern day scars
Many young Aboriginal people today are wearing scars on their chests. Unlike the traditional tribal scars that were inflicted with humility and courage, these modern-day scars represent a very different story. These scars are a story of decades of systemic failings and the discrimination of the oldest living culture on the planet - the First Nations people of Australia.
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.
Sign our Change.Org petition and stand with us to stand up to racism https://www.change.org/p/help-stop-racism-in-our-health-system The petition supports the Close the Gap Campaign's call for the Senate Select Committee on Health to establish an inquiry into racism and institutional racism in health care settings.
The long awaited implementation plan for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan has been launched today.
“With the launch of the Implementation Plan, we now have a once in a generation opportunity to make real progress in providing health equality, reducing the life expectancy gap and tackling the prevalence of chronic disease in our communities.” Mick Gooda.
"Research over the past decade suggests a chain of causation may be present between mental health conditions (in particular, serious psychological distress) and chronic disease." Close the Gap Progress and Priorities Report 2015.