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Kickstart to Close the Gap

Representatives from Galambila AHS and the Coffs Harbour Education Campus gather to mark National Close the Gap Day.
Representatives from Galambila AHS and the Coffs Harbour Education Campus gather to mark National Close the Gap Day.

HEALTH experts gathered at the Coffs Harbour Health Campus on Thursday to spread the message that access to health services should be equal for all Australians.

The event marked National Close the Gap Day, which aims to address the 10-17-year life expectancy gap between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians by raising community awareness and committing to long-term strategies.

Galambila Aboriginal Health Service joined forces with the Coffs Harbour Health Campus to spread the message that everybody should have equal access to health care.

Galambila AHS CEO David Kennedy said National Close the Gap Day started in 2006 to emphasise the significance of this cause.

“Australian Aboriginals are a small population and so the ability to influence politicians in their decision-making is limited,” Mr

Kennedy said.

“That’s why we need grassroots support from the population to create a groundswell movement to encourage politicians to meet the indigenous communities’ needs and close the gap.

“There should be equality for everyone and health care is a basic human right that we should not have to ask for, let alone demand.”

The public information stall was one of 850 across the country, an increase of almost 50% from last year.

Half of these were in schools.



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