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The Close the gap campaign has welcomed the Victorian Government's actions today (25 May 2012) in signing the 'Statement of Intent' to achieve health equality and improve life expectancy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Victorian Health Minister Mr David Davis MP re-affirmed the Victorian Government's commitment to Aboriginal health alongside the CEOs of 20 Victorian hospitals and health services at a major Aboriginal health conference in Melbourne.
Close the gap Campaign co-chair Mick Gooda said it was fantastic the Victorian Government had recommitted to close the gap in Indigenous health equality.
"Recommitting to the Statement of Intent today sends a strong and clear message to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people that Victoria is serious about working together to turn around health outcomes for Indigenous Australians," Mr Gooda said.
The 'Statement of Intent' provides the roadmap for achieving equality of health status and life expectancy between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Australians by 2030 and ensures the full participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their representative bodies in all aspects of addressing their health needs. It also commits to ensuring primary health care services and health infrastructure are in place for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples which are capable of bridging the gap in health standards by 2018.
Source: Australian Human Rights Commission
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