Hepatitis NSW hosts an annual CLOSE THE GAP event
What is Close The Gap?
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 mortality rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is on par with some of the world’s most impoverished nations. The United Nations Report, The State of the World’s Indigenous Peoples (2009) indicated Australia and Nepal have the world’s worst life expectancy gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.
Is this the Australia you want? With your help we aim to close this health gap and achieve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health equality within a generation.
Hepatitis NSW’s CLOSE THE GAP event is being held on Thursday 16th March 2017
Please join us for Afternoon Tea (including a yarn and a few speeches) where you can sign the Close The Gap pledge.
This page was last updated 03 March 2017
Above background information courtesy of www.oxfam.org.au/what-we-do/indigenous-australia/close-the-gap/