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National Close the Gap Day (NCTGD) is a way for all Australians to join together and remind political leaders of their commitments to close the life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians within a generation. The focus for 2012 is on the need for genuine, meaningful partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples at all stages of health planning and delivery.
Individuals and organisations who intend to host a Close the Gap Day event should register online with Oxfam, who will send event organisers an event kit including posters, DVD and t-shirt. (Resources will be sent out in February). Registering events is critical as it ensures that all efforts contribute to the overall impact of the event.
Events can be organised in homes, workplaces, schools, universities, medical centres and in the community. Events can be large (hundreds of people) or intimate (a group of friends or colleagues.) Many events are a gathering of staff to view the DVD, discuss the issue and sign the pledge. Others use the event as an opportunity to showcase their achievements or concerns in this area, and others still run larger events, often attracting local media coverage, politicians and their extended networks. To register a Close the Gap Day event, see links below.
Melbourne head office
132 Leicester Street
Carlton VIC 3053
Ph: (03) 9289 9444
Fax: (03) 9347 1983