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Close the Gap Campaign

This is a statement of intent - between the Government of Australia and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia, supported by non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Australians and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous health organizations - to work together to achieve equality in health status and life expectancy between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Australians by year 2030.

To developing a comprehensive, long-term plan of action, that is targeted to need, evidence-based and capable of addressing the existing inequities in health services, in order to achieve equality of health status and life expectancy between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-indigenous Australians by 2030.

  • To ensuring primary health care services and health infrastructure for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples which are capable of bridging the gaps in health standards by 2018.
  • To ensuring the full participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their representative bodies in all aspects of addressing their health needs
  • To working collectively to systematically address the social determinants that impact on achieving health equality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
  • To building on the evidence base and supporting what works in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, and relevant international experience.
  • To supporting and developing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community controlled health services in urban, rural and remote areas in order to achieve lasting improvements in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing.
  • To achieving improved access to, and outcomes from, mainstream services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
  • To respect and promote the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, including by ensuring that health services are available, appropriate, accessible, affordable and good quality.
  • To measure, monitor, and report on our joint efforts, in accordance with benchmarks and targets, to ensure that we are progressively realising our shared ambitions.

    http://www.dss.gov.au/our-responsibilities/indigenous-australians/programs-services/closing-the-gap

Indigenous Affairs (Prime Minister and Cabinet)

On 18 September 2013, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet became the responsible agency for the majority of Indigenous policies, programmes and service delivery. Indigenous affairs are a significant priority for the Government, which will establish a new engagement and partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

There is now a dedicated Indigenous Affairs Minister in Cabinet, Senator the Hon Nigel Scullion, and Parliamentary Secretary, the Hon Alan Tudge MP, will assist the Prime Minister.

https://dpmc.gov.au/indigenous_affairs/index.cfm