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Close the gap day sets focus on Indigenous healthcare

18 March 2014

Oxfam Australia's National Close the gap day is being held this week on Thursday 20 March, a day designed to create awareness, spark conversation and remind politicians about the inequality of health care that exists in our own country between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
 

Lowitja report to reveal the state of Indigenous health in 2030

7 March 2014

The Lowitja Institute have launched a new report in Parliament that revealed what Indigenous health will look like by 2030, using future thinking to predict health trends and what research and resources are needed to Close the gap.
 

Pressure to develop a Closing the gap target on justice

5 March 2014

Two peak Indigenous groups are this week calling for the government to develop a Closing the gap target on justice.
 

Tom Calma appointed next University of Canberra Chancellor

21 February 2014

The University of Canberra today announced the appointment of a new Chancellor, Dr Tom Calma AO, who was formally installed after addressing the National Press Club.
 

Launch of the National Centre for Indigenous Genomics

19 February 2014

The National Centre for Indigenous Genomics (NCIG) was launched today by the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra.
 

Closing the gap annual reports released today

12 February 2014

Two major Closing the gap reports were released today: the Closing the gap: Prime Minister’s report 2014 and the Close the gap progress and priorities ('shadow') report prepared by the Close the Gap Steering Committee.
 

Hope Vale banana plantation providing employment opportunities to local community

7 February 2014

The small Aboriginal community of Hope Vale in Far North Queensland is now home to an 80 hectare banana plantation, a new agricultural business that is providing 40 fulltime jobs and casual work for a number of locals.
 

Additional funding for HIPPY announced to support Indigenous families

20 January 2014

More than $100 million in funding has been committed to the Home interaction program for parents and youngsters (HIPPY), which will support ongoing program delivery for the first 50 locations and expand the programme to an additional 50 locations, with a focus on Indigenous families.
 

2012-13 Australian Medical Association Indigenous health report card launched

10 December 2013

The Australian Medical Association's (AMA) Indigenous health report card 2012-13, the healthy early years - getting the right start in life, was released today by Assistant Minister for Health, Senator the Hon Fiona Nash, at Parliament House in Canberra.
 

Just released: Overview of the health of Indigenous people in Western Australia 2013

20 November 2013

The Overview of the health of Indigenous people in Western Australia 2013 is now freely available online from the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet website.
 

AML Alliance launches their Closing the gap: messages from the frontline video

15 November 2013

At the National Primary Health Care Conference this week, the Australian Medicare Local Alliance (AML Alliance) launched their Closing the gap: messages from the frontline video, which features the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous peoples who are making a difference to primary health care services in their communities, through Medicare Locals.
 

Report released: Lessons for federal reform: COAG reform agenda 2008-2013

8 November 2013

Lessons for federal reform: COAG reform agenda 2008–2013 was released this week.
 

Registrations open for National Close the Gap Day 2014

28 October 2013

Registrations are now open for National Close the Gap Day (NCTGD) 2014, one of Australia's largest Indigenous health events.
 

Parenting program a success for father of two

23 October 2013

With support from Gateway Community Health's Positive parenting program, an Aboriginal father, Samuel* is getting his life back on track.
 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander GPs awarded RACGP Fellowship

21 October 2013

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) has awarded nine RACGP Fellowships to people of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent in the past year.
 

NACCHO launches new Aboriginal health in Aboriginal hands app

17 October 2013

The chair of National Aboriginal Community Controlled health organisation (NACCHO) this week joined with the AFL Indigenous All Stars at its International rules training session in Melbourne to launch Australia's first Aboriginal Health app.
 

Building positive change in Yirrkala

15 October 2013

The community of Yirrkala is working together to create a stronger future, with the help of Indigenous engagement officer (IEO) Djapirri Mununggirritj.
 

The Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health council external report 2013 highlights success of community controlled health services

16 September 2013

The Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC) external report 2013 (the Report) on primary health care data extracted from community controlled clinics across Queensland shows significant gains in health access and improvements, whilst demonstrating there is more work needed in coming years.
 

Deadly Health Award winners for 2013

11 September 2013

This year's Deadly Awards saw a number of Indigenous people recognised for their contributions to the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
 

Community charting a new course for the future of Aboriginal children

29 August 2013

Aboriginal people in Kakadu have this week launched a 25-year plan to raise the health and well-being of their children to the same level as other Australian children.
 

Close the Gap Steering Committee calls for commitments from incoming government in briefing paper

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.
 

New Closing the gap targets announced at the Garma Festival in Arnhem Land

12 August 2013

Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin outlined three new Closing the gap targets to address Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander disadvantage in a speech at the Garma Festival in East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory.
 

Indigenous Women's Grants (IWG) projects announced

31 July 2013

There are 58 new projects that will receive funding of $3 million from the Indigenous Women's Grants program (IWG).
 

New ABA projects announced for the Northern Territory

30 July 2013

There are 35 new projects that will receive funding totaling more than $10.2 million from the Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA).
 

Voting open for the 2013 Deadly Awards

23 July 2013

Voting for the 2013 Deadly Awards is now open.
 

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan (NATSIHP) released

23 July 2013

The federal government has released a 10-year, $12 billion plan aimed at closing the gap between the health of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
 

New clinical web resource helping health practitioners to reduce Indigenous chronic disease

26 June 2013

The Minister for Indigenous Health, the Hon Warren Snowden MP, has today launched the Australian Indigenous ClinicallnfoNet - an innovative web resource designed to assist primary health care workers in the prevention and management of chronic disease among Indigenous people.
 

WA HealthInfoNet post-workshop survey - we need your feedback

24 June 2013

If you have participated in a HealthInfoNet workshop in WA we need your feedback - please take a few minutes to complete this survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Western-Australian-health-workers-survey This survey seeks to find out about the use of our website by workshop participants.
 

Progress towards Closing the gap targets reported as PM sets new early education target

5 June 2013

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Reform Council has released the fourth independent assessment of progress towards Closing the gap targets.
 

Recognition 'will help to close the gap'

29 May 2013

Indigenous leader, Tanya Hosch, has outlined the practical and symbolic benefits expected to flow from constitutional recognition in a speech to acknowledge the National Sorry Day anniversary (Sunday 26 May).
 

Australian Government focus on education will contribute to closing the gap

20 May 2013

The 2013-14 Budget includes investments that address the Closing the gap target areas, including investments in Indigenous education, essential services, welfare reform, recognition and advocacy.
 

Federal Government renews effort to 'close the gap' in Indigenous health

18 April 2013

The Australian Government has announced $777 million to fund its share of a renewed National partnership agreement (NPA) on Closing the gap in Indigenous health outcomes for a further three years to 30 June 2016.
 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health requires ongoing commitment from all Australian governments

17 April 2013

The Close the Gap campaign is urging the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) to place Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health on the agenda for the meeting to be held Friday 19 April 2013 in order to close the life expectancy gap by 2030.
 

AMA - Good mental health and wellbeing essential to close Indigenous health gap

9 April 2013

Australian Medical Association (AMA) President Dr Steve Hambleton has stated that factors that contribute to poor mental health and social and emotional wellbeing among Indigenous Australian peoples should be given greater priority in the nation's health policy agenda.
 

Australian Institute for Health and Welfare releases state-based reports on Indigenous health outcomes

4 April 2013

The Australian Institute for Health and Welfare (AIHW) this week released jurisdictional versions of data on indicators relevant to the health status, determinants of health, and health systems performance for Indigenous Australians.
 

Senate committee release report on the social determinants of health

27 March 2013

The Senate Community Affairs Committee (Senate committee) have released a report on the social determinants of health after inquiring into Australia's domestic response to the World Health Organization's (WHO) commission report, Closing the gap within a generation.
 

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet pledges commitment to 'close the gap'

21 March 2013

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet celebrated the seventh annual National Close the Gap Day with a morning tea.
 

WA Health invests in Indigenous employment programs

19 March 2013

Western Australian (WA) Health has partnered with leading employment service provider, the Aboriginal Employment Strategy (AES), to deliver Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment programs.
 

New Murri clinic delivers more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health services

19 March 2013

Indigenous residents in the Brisbane suburb of Acacia Ridge are enjoying better access to community health services with the opening of a revamped health clinic at the Murri School.
 

Discussion paper on community living area land reform

18 March 2013

The Australian Government today released a discussion paper on reforming community living area land in the Northern Territory (NT).
 

Aboriginal Literacy Foundation to give away 80,000 new books

11 March 2013

Minimbah Primary School students have become the first in the nation to receive a pack of books encouraging healthy living after hosting the launch of the series last week.
 

Report indicates improvements in health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

1 March 2013

Health trends among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are improving in several areas, according to a report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).
 

Menzies Close The Gap Day Charity Breakfast

28 February 2013

The Menzies School of Health Research will hold a formal charity breakfast to celebrate National Close The Gap Day and support research to improve Indigenous lives.
 

Free HealthInfoNet workshops in Albany, WA - 11-13 March 2013

20 February 2013

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet will be in Albany, Western Australia delivering free workshops from the 11th - 13th March 2013.
 

Prime Minister tables annual Closing the gap report

6 February 2013

The Prime Minister tabled the fifth annual report on progress in Closing the Gap in Indigenous disadvantage in Parliament on 6 February 2013.
 

March 21 is National Close the Gap Day

30 January 2013

On 21 March people all over Australia will join forces to show their support for 'closing the gap' in life expectancy between Indigenous and other Australians by participating in a National Close the Gap Day event.
 

Improving health outcomes in Victoria's Indigenous community

30 January 2013

Jill Gallagher, head of the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO), has been awarded an Order of Australia for distinguished service to Victoria's Indigenous community.
 

HealthInfoNet workshops in the South West of WA - Bunbury and Busselton

24 January 2013

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet will be in the South West of WA delivering free workshops from the 11th - 15th February 2013.
 

Indigenous housing target exceeded

17 January 2013

More than 5000 homes in remote Indigenous communities have now been refurbished or rebuilt.
 

New website about ear disease and hearing loss for Indigenous childcare workers

8 January 2013

A newly released website helps childcare workers play a crucial role in the prevention of ear disease in Indigenous children.
 

Trachoma could be eradicated in Australia within five years

8 January 2013

Trachoma could be entirely eradicated from Australia within the next five years, according to Hugh Taylor, professor of Indigenous eye health at Melbourne University.
 

National telehealth services for vision and hearing impaired children underway in regional and remote New South Wales (NSW)

3 December 2012

Video conferencing is now being used to provide support for children with hearing problems and vision impairment in regional and remote New South Wales (NSW) as part of the national VidKids program.
 

Northern Territory (NT) Child health check sees improvements in oral and ear health

29 November 2012

Improvements have been made in the oral and ear health of Indigenous children in the Northern Territory (NT), according to a report released recently by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).
 

NACCHO 2011-12 Annual Report released

27 November 2012

The National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) annual report was released to members with a speech by chairperson, Justin Mohamed, in Brisbane.
 

Surveys released to assess the 'Indigenous chronic disease package' (ICDP)

22 November 2012

The Australian Government is monitoring and assessing the effectiveness of the Indigenous chronic disease package (ICDP) in achieving the Closing the gap targets (under the ICDP national monitoring and evaluation project).
 

WA Health Awards 2012 winners announced

20 November 2012

The winners of the Western Australian (WA) Health Awards 2012 were announced on 15 November 2012.
 

New approach starting to 'close the gap' in Western Australian (WA) Indigenous health

22 October 2012

Health Minister, Kim Hames, has released results of the Council of Australian Government's (COAG) Closing the Gap National Partnership Agreement with the State Government, which provided $117.43 million to ‘close the gap' between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal health.
 

NPY Women's Council and WA's Yiriman project win major Indigenous governance awards

17 October 2012

One of Australia's oldest and most respected Aboriginal organisations, the NPY Women's Council, and the West Kimberley youth program, Yiriman project, have won the 2012 Indigenous Governance Awards (IGAs).
 

Report into Aboriginal service delivery in the Northern Territory (NT) makes 12 recommendations

2 October 2012

A report into spending on service delivery in remote Aboriginal communities recommends a reassessment of priorities and greater transparency.
 

HealthInfoNet workshops coming to the Gascoyne/Midwest in November

20 September 2012

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet workshops are coming to the Gascoyne/Midwest region in November.
 

More progress required for Remote service delivery program

13 September 2012

The Coordinator-General for Remote Indigenous Services, Brian Gleeson, is currently reviewing the extensive number of actions that have been proposed as part of local plans to improve government service delivery in 29 Indigenous communities.
 

NATSIHP discussion paper released, consultation dates set

11 September 2012

Input is now being sought into the development of the new National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health plan (the Plan), following the launch of a discussion paper, online submissions process and national consultation dates this week.
 

Report reveals levels of Indigenous expenditure

4 September 2012

The 2012 Indigenous expenditure report was released on 4 September 2012.
 

HealthInfoNet workshops in the Pilbara (now including Newman)

4 September 2012

The HealthInfoNet will be in the Pilbara next week delivering free workshops from September 10th to the 17th.
 

HealthInfoNet workshops in the Pilbara

27 August 2012

There are still places available to participate in upcoming Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (AIH) workshops in the Pillbara region of Western Australia (WA).
 

The battle to reduce smoking rates and close the gap

21 August 2012

Aboriginal health leaders say changes to tobacco packaging are a small step in the battle to reduce smoking rates and close the gap.
 

Strong spirit strong mind metro campaign launched by Mental Health Minister

14 August 2012

On 5 August, the Minister for Mental Health launched the Strong spirit strong mind metro project campaign.
 

National Rugby League (NRL) stars are urging all Australians to tackle Indigenous health equity in a special Close the Gap Round

2 August 2012

Mentoring, leadership, cultural awareness sessions, Indigenous-inspired jerseys and Indigenous performances are among the National Rugby League (NRL) club initiatives in the Close the Gap Round, which aims to inspire Rugby League fans to pledge to support reducing the life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
 

Major telehealth initiative will improve remote Indigenous access to healthcare

1 August 2012

A major project was launched yesterday (31 July 2012) that will improve access to health care for Indigenous people living in remote parts of the Northern Territory (NT) and Western Australia (WA) through the use of innovative technologies.
 

HealthInfoNet workshops in the Kimberley

31 July 2012

The HealthInfoNet will be in the Kimberley next week delivering free workshops from August 6th to the 17th.
 

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) conducting largest survey of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health

19 July 2012

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has commenced the largest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey to improve knowledge of the health issues affecting Indigenous Australians.
 

Tailor the health care to close the gap

13 July 2012

The primary health care peak body, Australian Medicare Local Alliance, is encouraging Australia's Indigenous population to sign up for quality chronic disease management in general practice to receive the health care they need.
 

COAG reports that Indigenous child health is improving

6 July 2012

A new COAG Reform Council report looks at progress under the National Indigenous reform agreement, which sets six targets for governments to improve health, education and employment outcomes for Indigenous Australians.
 

Major health bodies sign on to improve Indigenous health outcomes

28 May 2012

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.
 

New plan uses iPads to help country kids with sensory loss

18 May 2012

Children with a vision and/or hearing impairment in regional and remote areas will have greater access to services thanks to a new video conferencing program launched yesterday.
 

Nominate now for Indigenous Governance Awards

1 May 2012

There are four weeks left to apply for the Indigenous Governance Awards, with $60,000 in prize money available.
 

Indigenous justice groups disappointed by lack of target at COAG meeting

20 April 2012

The Council of Australian Governments met last week (13 April 2012), where the Prime Minister, Premiers, Chief Ministers and the President discussed issues including Closing the gap targets.
 

South Hedland Primary School celebrates Close the Gap Day

12 April 2012

South Hedland Primary School, located in the Pilbara region of Western Australia (WA), held a whole school celebration for Harmony Day and Close the Gap Day on 21 March 2012.
 

Indigenous liaison bridges cultural divide in Queensland ED

10 April 2012

In a Queensland first, three Indigenous liaison officers have started work in the Townsville hospital's emergency department to help bridge the cultural divide and support Indigenous patients undergoing emergency care.
 

Winners of 2012 NSW Aboriginal health awards announced

10 April 2012

Individuals, teams and communities in New South Wales (NSW) who have demonstrated excellence in 'closing the gap' in Indigenous health outcomes were celebrated at an Awards ceremony late last month.
 

National Indigenous health award winners announced

3 April 2012

The winners of the 3rd Annual Excellence in Indigenous Health Awards 2012 were announced on 28th March 2012 in Sydney.
 

Significant funding commitment to NT Indigenous communities

30 March 2012

The Federal Government yesterday announced that it would make a long-term funding commitment to services for Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory (NT).
 

RAHC fills another 500 health professional placements in remote NT

29 March 2012

Remote Area Health Corps (RAHC) has announced that it has filled another 500 short-term health professional placements in remote Indigenous communities across the Northern Territory (NT) this financial year as part of its efforts to close the gap in Indigenous health outcomes.
 

Work continues to 'close the gap' in access to medicines

29 March 2012

A continued robust partnership between the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) and the Pharmacy Guild of Australia will see improvements in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people getting the prescription medicines they need, along with tailored advice and assistance.
 

National Congress of Australia's First Peoples calls for justice target

23 March 2012

The Indigenous representative body of Australia, the National Congress of Australia's First Peoples, has recently called for a target relating to justice be added to existing Closing the Gap targets which are monitored by Australian governments.
 

Indigenous ex-offender employment strategies examined in new Clearinghouse papers

23 March 2012

Two new papers on overcoming Indigenous disadvantage have been released by the Closing the Gap Clearinghouse, a jointly funded venture by all Australian Governments that is delivered by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and the Australian Institute of Family Studies.
 

Close the Gap Day well supported

22 March 2012

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet hosted one of more than 840 Close the Gap Day events taking place throughout Australia today.
 

Expanded Aboriginal mental health workforce for New South Wales

22 March 2012

The New South Wales (NSW) Minister for Mental Health, Kevin Humphries, today launched a major initiative to encourage recruitment of Aboriginal health workers to the mental health sector.
 

NSW Government seeks input into Aboriginal health plan

22 March 2012

The New South Wales (NSW) Minister for Health, Jillian Skinner, today released Towards an Aboriginal health plan for NSW, a discussion and consultation paper to support the development of a new 10-year plan to improve Aboriginal health.
 

HealthInfoNet workshops: helping to 'close the gap' in Indigenous health

20 March 2012

To increase access to its web resource and build the capacity of the frontline health workforce - and to assist the health workforce in 'closing the gap' in Indigenous health - the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet will deliver a program of free workshops across Western Australia (WA) over 18 months from April 2012.
 

Remote Indigenous housing progress in the NT

13 March 2012

The Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs has released updates on the progress of the Government's remote Indigenous housing program in the Northern Territory (NT).
 

Tracking the progress of the Government's Indigenous chronic disease package

13 March 2012

The second annual report on the Australian Government's progress towards implementing the Indigenous chronic disease package has recently been released.
 

Read our perspective on translational research and Indigenous health in Croakey blog

6 March 2012

Translational research and Indigenous health are the subjects of an article by the HealthInfoNet's Director, Professor Neil Thomson, just published in the Croakey health blog.
 

WA health workers survey

23 February 2012

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet is undertaking a pilot workshop program in WA to help those working in Indigenous health to get the most from our website.
 

Prime Minister's Closing the gap report card released today

15 February 2012

Prime Minister Julia Gillard today launched the Government's annual report card on efforts to end Indigenous disadvantage.
 

Time to nominate excellent local governments (Indigenous, rural health, roads and more...)

12 January 2012

Entries are now being sought for a competition that recognises local government achievements in Indigenous community engagement, reconciliation, rural and remote health and improving services to remote communities.
 

Time to nominate for Indigenous health awards

10 January 2012

Submissions are now being sought for the third Annual Excellence in Indigenous Health Awards.
 

Healthy Lifestyle Worker toolkit launched

13 December 2011

The Director of the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet, Professor Neil Thomson, today attended the Canberra launch of a new Healthy Lifestyle Worker toolkit to help tackle chronic disease in Indigenous communities.
 

Second anniversary of work on Alice Springs town camps

8 December 2011

In a media release today, the Australian Government celebrated the second anniversary of work commencing on the town camps under the $150 million Alice Springs transformation plan.
 

Queensland transitioning to community control of Indigenous health

6 December 2011

Queensland Health is supporting the transition of primary health care services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community control.
 

Award for Pilbara's Indigenous health jobs program

1 December 2011

An innovative employment program, which is helping to retain and attract Aboriginal people to the health sector in Western Australia (WA), took out a major prize at last night's 2011 WA Health Awards.
 

Closing the gap should include justice targets

30 November 2011

The national advocacy organisation Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation (ANTaR) has congratulated the Government on its positive response to the recent report about Aboriginal imprisonment, Doing time - time for doing.
 

Stronger Futures legislation proposed today

23 November 2011

The Government will today introduce its Stronger futures legislation into Parliament.
 

New jobs package for remote NT includes caring for country

15 November 2011

A $19.1 million jobs package for Aboriginal people in remote communities across the Northern Territory (NT) was announced today.
 

New measures to tackle alcohol, jobs, education in NT

15 November 2011

The Australian Government has today announced new initiatives to tackle alcohol abuse, school attendance and employment in remote communities in the Northern Territory (NT).
 

Indigenous housing program on track in the NT

15 November 2011

The Australian and Northern Territory Governments have welcomed an Australian National Audit Office report on the National partnership agreement on remote Indigenous housing in the Northern Territory.  The report finds that a significant number of new and refurbished houses have been built under the program and that this is a positive achievement.
 

New evaluation of Northern Territory Emergency Response released

11 November 2011

An independent evaluation of the Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER) has found Aboriginal people living in remote communities in the Northern Territory feel safer and receive better levels of government services than they did four years ago.
 

NSW Aboriginal Health Awards now open for nominations

9 November 2011

Closing the gap in health outcomes between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people is a key priority for New South Wales (NSW).
 

New national voice and national plan for Indigenous health

3 November 2011

The Minister for Health, Nicola Roxon, and the Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon, today announced the development of a new health plan for Indigenous Australians.
 

Children of the Dreaming recognised for closing the gap in health

1 November 2011

An organisation based in Ipswich, Queensland, has received an award for their outstanding commitment to closing the gap in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.
 

More Indigenous Australians accessing targeted health services

26 October 2011

There was a significant increase in the use of services targeted at Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in 2009-10 compared with the previous year, according to a report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).
 

Government releases NT consultation report

24 October 2011

The Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs Jenny Macklin released the Stronger futures in the Northern Territory consultation report in Alice Springs last week.
 

Community controlled health sector in Queensland demonstrates real influence

20 October 2011

A new blueprint for Indigenous health reform in Queensland has just been launched by Queensland's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Partnerships Minister, Curtis Pitt.
 

New primary health care services for south-east Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

20 October 2011

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in south-east Queensland will have better access to health checks, general practice services, dental health, allied health and follow-up care with the opening of two new clinics in Brisbane.
 

$39.8 million in health and medical research to help close the gap

19 October 2011

The Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Mark Butler, and the Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon, today announced 53 National Health and Medical Research Council grants focusing on Indigenous health.
 

Fourth report on remote Indigenous services details improvements in 29 remote locations

19 October 2011

The Australian Government has released the fourth six-monthly report from the Coordinator General for Remote Indigenous Services, Brian Gleeson, on the progress being made in delivering essential services to people living in the 29 priority Indigenous locations across Australia.
 

$5 million to help close the gap in Indigenous urban child health and remote primary health care

18 October 2011

In a major boost for Indigenous health research, the Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute (APHCRI) at the Australian National University has won $5 million in Commonwealth Government funding for two new Centres of Research Excellence (CRE) in primary health care.
 

School workshops encourage Indigenous kids to work in health

4 October 2011

Indigenous secondary students are being encouraged to consider pursuing a career in health, as part of the Australian Government's Attracting more people to work in Indigenous health campaign.
 

Twenty new health services for Indigenous mums and babies funded under Closing the gap

23 September 2011

The Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon, has announced funding for 20 new services to provide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers and their babies with better access to vital health care.
 

Productivity Commission releases supplement to 2010 Indigenous expenditure report

23 September 2011

The Productivity Commission has released a new supplement to its 2010 Indigenous expenditure report.
 

AIHW report: Chronic kidney disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 2011

21 September 2011

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has released a report; Chronic kidney disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 2011.
 

New health promotion resource to help close the gap

7 September 2011

A comprehensive health promotion pack to combat the risk factors for chronic disease and help close the gap in life expectancy, is now available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
 

Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage: latest data

30 August 2011

The latest Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage report was released on 25 August 2011.
 

Council appointed to promote Indigenous health

17 August 2011

The Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon, announced the new membership of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Equality Council on 11 August 2011.
 

NRL dedicated to close the gap campaign

10 August 2011

The National Rugby League (NRL) has dedicated round 22 (August 5-8) to Close the gap - Australia's largest ever campaign to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.
 

Push to get more Indigenous people into health careers

26 July 2011

A $4.3 million campaign has been launched to attract more Indigenous people to careers in Indigenous health.
 

Cultural competency under spotlight

21 June 2011

Understanding the culture of Indigenous patients will help doctors 'close the gap' in life expectancy between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, says Professor David Simmons from Cambridge University.
 

Australia 'falling behind' on Indigenous literacy

9 June 2011

The Federal Government committed to halving the literacy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students several years ago, but the latest report suggests there is still a long way to go.
 

Closing the gap for Indigenous eye health an achievable vision

2 June 2011

The significant eye health and vision problems experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can be eliminated to bring us one step closer to closing the gap in Indigenous health, according to two new reports from the University of Melbourne and the Australian Institute of Indigenous Studies.
 

Indigenous disadvantage needs new solution

2 June 2011

The New South Wales Government will investigate a new model to actively 'close the gap' of disadvantage in Aboriginal communities.
 

School attendance gap grows in NT

1 June 2011

The latest report card on closing the education gap in the Northern Territory shows a significant drop in school attendance in remote Aboriginal communities, despite the existence of several programs designed to get more children going to school.
 

Budget 2011-12: information relevant to mental health and related health services

12 May 2011

The Government has announced it will be committing a $2.2 billion package over five years towards funding mental health initiatives in the new 2011-12 budget, including investments in hospitals and health services.
 

Budget 2011-12: information of relevance to Indigenous health

11 May 2011

Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan delivered his third Australian Government Budget on Tuesday evening, 11 May 2011.
 

Funding boost announced for Indigenous health partnership

13 April 2011

The Minister for health in Western Australia, Kim Hames, has announced an additional $500,000 funding for the partnership between the Department of Health (WA) and the Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia (AHCWA).
 

Dr Tom Calma and Mick Gooda speak to the National Press Gallery on 'Close the gap'

10 March 2011

This Thursday 10th March co-chairs of the Close the gap campaign for Indigenous health equality, Dr Tom Calma and Mick Gooda, have addressed the National Press Gallery on the Close the gap campaign five years on.
 

Closing the gap Prime Minister's report 2011 released

9 February 2011

The Closing the gap Prime Minister's report 2011 has been released today, the 9th of February 2011.
 

Indigenous 15 year olds 2 years behind non-Indigenous students in education

7 December 2010

The 2009 OECD Program for International Student Assessment National Report was released on 7th of December 2010.
 

Improvements needed to the private health care agenda to close the gap

19 November 2010

Mr Justin Mohamed, Chair of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) has proposed that the best way to 'close the gap' is to establish a network of regional Aboriginal Medicare Locals to support local Aboriginal Medical Services.
 

Minister announces $24 million to 'close the gap' in Indigenous literacy and numeracy

11 November 2010

The Minister for School Education Peter Garrett has announced $24 million in funding for 15 new intensive literacy and numeracy projects.
 

Recognition of Indigenous Australians in the Constitution necessary to 'close the gap'

3 November 2010

Mr Mick Gooda the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner delivered an address at the National Press Club in Canberra where he set out his goals for his term as Social Justice Commissioner.
 

South Australian politicians join together to pledge to 'close the gap'

29 October 2010

South Australian politicians from both Labor and Liberal parties have signed a statement of intent for the state to 'close the gap' in life expectancy between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Aboriginal Australians within a generation.
 

Six million watch Aboriginal teen address the nation on closing the gap

25 October 2010

Generation One aired a two minute speech by Aboriginal schoolgirl Madeleine Madden on free-to-air stations on October 24th using over four million dollars of donated airtime.
 

Closing the gap a priority for Labor: PM

19 August 2010

Prime Minister, Julia Gillard says that closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people requires real effort and many may think it isn't happening fast enough.
 

Healthy diet vital to 'close the gap': dietitians

4 August 2010

The Dietitians Association of Australia says the life expectancy gap will not improve unless all Australians have access to healthy, affordable food.
 

Adam Smith and Closing the gap

24 July 2010

Noel Pearson critiques the salient impact of liberalism in the Closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
 

Three years on and business is still unfinished

24 July 2010

The COAG is monitoring the progress in achieving the Closing the gap targets.
 

The 7 deadly things: a Gillard guide to black pitfalls

19 July 2010

Closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians is one of the urgent Indigenous matters former Aboriginal affairs spokeswoman and current Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, seeks to address.
 

Manatunga - closing the gap through education in Robinvale

12 July 2010

The Manatunga program aims to re engage young people who have been away from education and work for some time.
 

Subsidising Pharmaceutical benefits scheme medicine co-payments

7 July 2010

From the 1st July 2010 the Australian Government will be reducing the co-payments on Pharmaceutical benefits scheme (PBS) medicines to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients living with, or at risk of, chronic disease.
 

Economic impact of closing the Indigenous gap in the Goulburn Valley

2 July 2010

The Business Council of Australia (BCA) has released a report analysing employment trends, educational outcomes and life expectancy rates for the Indigenous and non-Indigenous population in the Goulburn Valley, Victoria.
 

Close the gap - making it happen

28 June 2010

The Close the gap campaign's Co-Chairs, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda, and National Coordinator for Tackling Indigenous Smoking Dr Tom Calma, are looking forward to working with Prime Minister Julia Gillard to meet the government's commitments to closing the gap in Indigenous disadvantage.
 

Aboriginal people to be recognised in the NSW constitution

16 June 2010

NSW Government seeks to amend the Constitution's preamble to acknowledge the Aboriginal people of New South Wales and their lasting contribution to the State.
 

$4.3 million boost to IT services in NT, QLD, VIC and SA to benefit Indigenous health

11 June 2010

The Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon, has announced a $4.3 million IT boost that will be granted to four Aboriginal health organisations who will assist over 50 member health services collectively across Queensland, the Northern Territory, Victoria and South Australia.
 

COAG report on National Indigenous reform agreement

8 June 2010

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Reform Council has released the National Indigenous reform agreement: baseline performance report for 2008-09.
 

NSW committment to Closing the gap recognised

4 June 2010

Yesterday the NSW Government and State Opposition signed the Close the gap statement of intent, marking a positive step towards achieving health status equality and closing the gap in life expectancy between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Australians by the year 2030.
 

New push to extinguish Indigenous smoking

31 May 2010

There is a large gap between Australian Indigenous and non-Indigenous smoking rates, 50% and 16% respectively.
 

New resource aims to 'close the gap'

21 May 2010

With funding from the Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, the RACGP has developed an Interpretive guide of the RACGP standards for general practices 3rd edition.
 

GenerationOne launched in Coffs

20 May 2010

On Thursday 20 May, the GenerationOne movement was launched in Coffs Harbour.
 

Closing the gap - strengthening Indigenous communities

12 May 2010

Ahead of the announcement of the 2010 Federal Budget, The Hon Jenny Macklin MP (Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs) has released an outline the Government's current strategies dedicated to Closing the gap in life expectancy and life opportunities for Indigenous Australians.
 

Radical program to close literacy gap

12 May 2010

The community of Palm Island will adopt a radical new learning initiative to close the literacy gap.
 

Aboriginal pupils in sharp focus in education plan

12 May 2010

The Indigenous education action plan 2010-2014 is expected to be released in the next few months.
 

Budget's Indigenous impact remains unclear

11 May 2010

The proportion of the federal budget that will be invested in Aboriginal affairs is not yet clear.
 

ACT Chief Minister commits to Closing the gap in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health equality

29 April 2010

The ACT Chief Minister Jon Stanhope signed the Close the gap statement of intent at a ceremony at Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service in Canberra, committing his government and future ACT Governments to improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people in the ACT.
 

Tim Gartrell announced as CEO of GenerationOne

20 April 2010

Tim Gartrell has been appointed to lead mining magnate Andrew Forrest's GenerationOne campaign to 'close the gap' in health between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
 

A young Indigenous reservist from the Pilbara Regiment is assisting to develop the Army's National Indigenous strategy

14 April 2010

The Pilbara Regiment is collaborating with Private Kimberly Lupton (a member of the Army Indigenous Strategy Steering Committee, and other Indigenous members of the regiment, to implement the Army Indigenous strategy (AIS).
 

Oxfam aims to 'close the gap'

9 April 2010

Dr Wayne Sanderson has responded to a call to work with the North West Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Association (NWAICA) to encourage grassroots action in the area of North West Brisbane.
 

Students at remote Australian schools start receiving laptops

7 April 2010

Minister for Employment Participation Mark Arbib welcomed the One laptop per child Australia initiative which is now underway.
 

Day focuses on closing Indigenous health gap

1 April 2010

More than 30 000 people were expected to take part in the fourth Close the Gap day on 25 March 2010.
 

'Do more' to improve Indigenous health

1 April 2010

Members of the Close the gap coalition are calling on the Australian Government to continue its efforts to improve health outcomes for Indigenous Australians.
 

Some magic bullets for education

27 March 2010

Noel Pearson, the director of the Cape York Institute for Policy and Leadership has taken issue with the policy reasoning underpinning two of the educational goals of Closing the gap: halving the gap in reading, writing and numeracy achievements for children within a decade and halving the gap in Year 12 attainment rates for Indigenous students by 2020.
 

Tom Calma: Australia is starting to 'close the gap'

25 March 2010

On the fourth annual Close the gap day, campaign co-chairman Tom Calma, took the opportunity to note that in recent years progress has been made in closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
 

Awareness raising for Closing the gap

24 March 2010

As part of the 2010 National Close the gap day, the Berri Bamera council organised an event to raise awareness about Indigenous health and social issues.
 

Western Australian Indigenous health funding

17 March 2010

The Western Australian State Government has announced $128.7 million funding for 80 programs including anti-smoking initiatives, child and maternal health programs and Aboriginal mental health services.
 

Schaffas - art objects to 'close the gap'

9 March 2010

Two young Australian artists have designed creatures called 'Schaffas' in a bid to raise money for the Close the gap campaign that aims at closing the life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
 

'QuickSmart' recognised as a key to 'closing the gap'

23 February 2010

QuickSmart is a program that helps school students improve their basic skills in mathematics.
 

Prime Minister Rudd delivers second Closing the Gap statement to Parliament

12 February 2010

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd delivered his second 'Closing the Gap' statement to Parliament on 11 February 2010.
 

Chairman Kimberly Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre: Closing the gap a spin

12 February 2010

Chairman of the Kimberly Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre, Wes Morris, says Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is putting a positive spin on the Government's efforts to close the gap, and believes it is too early to judge if progress has been made.
 

Progress in Closing the gap

11 February 2010

In his second Closing the gap statement to Parliament, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd released current statistics on the Government's progress to close the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
 

New ambassador for business to help 'close the gap'

11 February 2010

In his second annual Closing the gap statement to Parliament on 11 February 2010, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced the appointment of Mr Colin Carter as the new Government Ambassador for Business Action.
 

Funding for new CRC - closing the gap in economic participation

17 December 2009

The Cooperative Research Centre for Remote Economic Participation, a Central Australian-based research organisation, has secured $32 million from the Federal Government to develop projects aimed at closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
 

$3bn benefit of 'closing the gap' - Access Economics

7 September 2009

Aboriginal people living in remote communities across Australia stand to benefit significantly from a proposed national research effort enabling them to participate more fully in the economy, a study by Access Economics has found.
 

$32 m to help close the gap in education, training and employment

4 September 2009

The Indigenous youth mobility program (IYMP) has received government funding to enhance its delivery of services that aim to improve access to education and training for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in remote or rural regions.
 

Researcher states closing the health gap could take generations

13 August 2009

Leading chronic disease researcher Professor Wendy Hoy, who received a prestigious NHMRC Australian Fellowship in 2008 for her work, has said that while progress is being made, the aspiration of 'closing the gap' by 2030 was not attainable.
 

Funding to 'close the gap' in Indigenous eye health

23 April 2009

The Australian Prime Minister has announced $58.3 million over four years to fight chronic eye diseases, including a national trachoma control program.
 
 
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