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Date posted: 28 August 2013
The Close the Gap Steering Committee has outlined what it sees as key priorities to build on progress on closing the life expectancy gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and other Australians.
The paper calls for the incoming government to reaffirm commitment for the Prime Minister to annually report at the beginning of Parliament on progress towards closing the gap; secure a new Council of Australian Governments (COAG) National Partnership Agreement on Closing the gap in Indigenous health outcomes (with a minimum Commonwealth investment of $777 million over the next three years); and begin the implementation of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their representatives.
These priorities are listed for the new government's first one hundred days of office. The paper also includes plans for the first year and the full term of government.
Source: NACCHO Communique (National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation)