Addressing supporters at ANTaR’s National Close the Gap Day Picnic at Prince Alfred Park, Sydney, Kirstie Parker – Co-Chair of the Close the Gap Committee and Co-Chair of the National Congress – spoke about her vision of Australia becoming “a big and courageous nation” and overcoming Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health inequality.
ANTaR supporters joined the expected 150,000 people gathering around the country today to show their support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health equality on National Close the Gap Day.
The Annual National Close the Gap Day Picnic at Prince Alfred Park, coordinated by ANTaR in partnership with Oxfam, was one of the record 1250 events taking place across the country.
Thanks to Close the Gap Campaign Co-Chair Kirstie Parker for speaking at the picnic and to Michael West for his Welcome to Country.
ANTaR will be marking National Close the Gap Day with our Annual National Close the Gap Day Picnic at Prince Alfred Park, Surry Hills, Sydney on Thursday, 20 March.
Join us in sending a powerful message to all Members of Parliament that we are committed for the long-term and they should be too.
Let's send a strong visual image to Canberra that now is not the time to walk away from this generational commitment to closing the gap in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health equality.
The data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics on Friday November 15 are the latest official estimates of life expectancy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The data reveals a slight narrowing of the gap in life expectancy between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians.
The ABS found that over the past five years the gap has been reduced by 0.08 years for men and 0.1 years for women.
Make no mistake - There is still a long way to go.