Pledge to close the gap

GALAMBILA Aboriginal Health Services and Coffs Harbour City Council are hosting a Close the Gap information day.

The Health Service staff is alarmed at the 17-year life expectancy gap between indigenous and Torres Straight Islanders and other Australians.

“This public event will help spread community awareness in Coffs Harbour about the need for increased and improved Aboriginal Health Services,” Galambila CEO Favid Kennedy said.

“We have held an event every year since 2007 and the support from the general public and the Coffs Harbour City Council has been very encouraging,” he said.

Australians are urging State and Federal Governments to end the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health crisis, and provide health equality for indigenous Australians.

Close the Gap is Australia’s largest ever campaign to improve indigenous health.

Supported by more than 40 indigenous and non-indigenous organisations, including Oxfam Australia, the campaign calls on Federal, State and Territory governments to commit to closing the life expectancy gap between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians within a generation.

The information day will be held this Thursday from 9am until noon at Palms Centre. The community is encouraged to join Galambila and thousands of other Australians in signing the official Close the Gap pledge.

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