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CLOSE THE
GAP
In Australia there are over 517,000 Indigenous
people making up 2.5% of the total Australian
population
Some live on the
beautiful Torres Strait
Islands, others live in
remote communities,
country towns or
urban cities.
Together we share a common humanity.
We are all created equally
but our opportunities in life and our
levels of disadvanta...
For many Torres
Strait Islander and
Aboriginal peoples
the odds are stacked
against them.
One of us is expected to live 11 years longer than the other
One of us is 3 times more likely to have diabetes
One of us i...
A huge gap exists between the life expectancy
and health of those who are Indigenous and
those who are not.
What is the ga...
Life expectancy rate for Indigenous Australians are
alarmingly similar to those in a number of
developing countries
Averag...
But such a gap has no place in our society
It cannot be tolerated
We cannot look away
We have to care
We have to ask why
The reasons are complex.
Social, economic and physical factors all play a role.
Dispossession Dislocation Discrimination
P...
Equality
Empowerment
Services and resources
Opportunities
Education and training
Recognition and respect
Working in partne...
In the remote Kimberley region of
Western Australia, Caritas Australia
is working with the DMCP on the
prevention, managem...
The UFPA supports the education program within the school.
As a result the students are well informed about he cause and e...
Together we are making a difference.
The local people are taking control of their own health.
Diabetes in these communities is decreasing!
Achievements
Parenta...
Jalaris Kids Future Club
Dealing with complex issues among
Indigenous children in the Derby area.
As part of this program
Derby Aboriginal children
are provided with positive
experiences of education,
health and nutritio...
Together, we are moving forward
Caritas Australia and other organisations are working hard to
close the gap but we need he...
March 2008
They have agreed to develop a long term plan of action
A great step forward!
At the Indigenous Health Equality ...
What is the Close the Gap Campaign?
The Close the Gap campaign is calling on Australian
governments to take action to achi...
What can you do to Close the Gap?
•Join the Facebook Close the Gap group and post relevant news on the Wall
http://www.fac...
“I know you think you should make a trip
to Calcutta, but I strongly advise you to
save your airfare and spend it on the
p...
Thank you
Reflection/ Assessment
What do you believe is the most difficult or challenging obstacle to be
overcome? Why?
Explain why ...
Catholic Social Teaching
and Close the Gap Campaign
• Solidarity
• Participation
• Common Good
• Human Dignity
• Subsidiar...
CLOSE THE
GAP
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  1. 1. CLOSE THE GAP
  2. 2. In Australia there are over 517,000 Indigenous people making up 2.5% of the total Australian population
  3. 3. Some live on the beautiful Torres Strait Islands, others live in remote communities, country towns or urban cities.
  4. 4. Together we share a common humanity. We are all created equally but our opportunities in life and our levels of disadvantage vary greatly.
  5. 5. For many Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal peoples the odds are stacked against them.
  6. 6. One of us is expected to live 11 years longer than the other One of us is 3 times more likely to have diabetes One of us is 9 times more likely to be diagnosed with kidney disease Today One of us is Indigenous and one is not
  7. 7. A huge gap exists between the life expectancy and health of those who are Indigenous and those who are not. What is the gap? 67 Ind Ind Non- Non- 73 79 83 Life Expectancy Gap
  8. 8. Life expectancy rate for Indigenous Australians are alarmingly similar to those in a number of developing countries Average Life Country Expectancy  Nepal 66  Thailand 69  Indigenous Australia 70  Philippines 72  Peru 73  Vietnam 74 Cambodia Bangladesh Indigenous Aust.
  9. 9. But such a gap has no place in our society It cannot be tolerated We cannot look away We have to care We have to ask why
  10. 10. The reasons are complex. Social, economic and physical factors all play a role. Dispossession Dislocation Discrimination Poor and overcrowded housing Poor diet and nutrition Unemployment Limited access to health care services (3 times the rate for non-Indigenous people ) Low income (Indigenous Australians earn just 62% of the income of non-Indigenous people). Why is there a gap? These all lead to the Gap Lack of education (In 2006, 21 % of 15 year old Indigenous people were not participating in school education)
  11. 11. Equality Empowerment Services and resources Opportunities Education and training Recognition and respect Working in partnership How can we Close the Gap? We have the resources and knowledge to close the gap
  12. 12. In the remote Kimberley region of Western Australia, Caritas Australia is working with the DMCP on the prevention, management, treatment and care of diabetes, promoting a change in lifestyle behaviours and health to reduce the impact of diabetes . How is Caritas Australia closing the gap? Diabetes Management and Care Program (DMCP)
  13. 13. The UFPA supports the education program within the school. As a result the students are well informed about he cause and effects of diabetes. Well informed, healthy students are making good choices about health. Mr. Crawford takes the Children of the Looma Community through some basketball coaching – promoting more exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle. Photocredit:UFPA
  14. 14. Together we are making a difference.
  15. 15. The local people are taking control of their own health. Diabetes in these communities is decreasing! Achievements Parental Involvement School fitness and health programs Provision of healthy breakfasts Cooking classes using local and traditional foods Diabetes education Training of community leaders to run the program Nutrition education Shops are clearly identifying healthy food with coloured stickers
  16. 16. Jalaris Kids Future Club Dealing with complex issues among Indigenous children in the Derby area.
  17. 17. As part of this program Derby Aboriginal children are provided with positive experiences of education, health and nutrition. The program runs educationally based cultural and health activities 3 days per week. Children in Derby prepare a healthy lunch
  18. 18. Together, we are moving forward Caritas Australia and other organisations are working hard to close the gap but we need help. In 2008, Prime Minister Mr. Kevin Rudd promised to close the 17-year life expectancy gap between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians by 2030. He has promised that Indigenous people will get health services equal to those of the rest of the population within 10 years. Now we need to ensure that the government keeps its promise.
  19. 19. March 2008 They have agreed to develop a long term plan of action A great step forward! At the Indigenous Health Equality Summit the Australian government and Opposition together with the Australian and Torres Strait Islander peoples signed a Statement of Intent to work together to Close the gap
  20. 20. What is the Close the Gap Campaign? The Close the Gap campaign is calling on Australian governments to take action to achieve health equality for Indigenous Australians within 25 years by: •Increasing annual Indigenous health funding to enable equal access to health services •Increasing Indigenous control and participation in the delivery of health services •Addressing critical social issues such as housing, education and self-determination which contribute to the Indigenous health crisis
  21. 21. What can you do to Close the Gap? •Join the Facebook Close the Gap group and post relevant news on the Wall http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2444898506 • Add your name on a hand in the Sea of Hands and add your voice to the growing number of Australians calling for justice for Indigenous peoples - http://www.antar.org.au/sea_of_hands •Sign GetUp’s petition http://www.getup.org.au •Support Caritas Australia to extend their Indigenous health programs How will you help to close the gap?
  22. 22. “I know you think you should make a trip to Calcutta, but I strongly advise you to save your airfare and spend it on the poor in your own country. Its easy to love people far away. Its not always easy to love those who live right next to us.” Mother Teresa Our challenge for the future is to act right now today at home
  23. 23. Thank you
  24. 24. Reflection/ Assessment What do you believe is the most difficult or challenging obstacle to be overcome? Why? Explain why you do/don’t believe the gap will be closed within 25years? Why will it take so long? Explain what you think will be the most obvious sign of the gap closing? What improvements will be difficult to see? Why/ How does the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous life expectancy affect you? What happens when we don’t keep our promises? What will be the consequence of not closing the gap?
  25. 25. Catholic Social Teaching and Close the Gap Campaign • Solidarity • Participation • Common Good • Human Dignity • Subsidiarity • Stewardship of the Earth • Preferential option for the poor How are the following principles demonstrated in the campaign or in Caritas Australia’s Indigenous programs ?
  26. 26. CLOSE THE GAP
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