Closing the Gap report 2020 shows only two targets on track

ABC, 12/02/2020

The 12th Closing the Gap report, tabled in Parliament today, shows Aboriginal children still trail far behind non-Indigenous children in literacy, numeracy and writing skills.

The report also shows the country is on track to meet just two of seven government targets to reduce the disparity in health, education and employment outcomes.

Gains in Indigenous health have been the same or smaller than those for non-Indigenous Australians — meaning gaps are persisting and, in the case of child mortality, widening. There has been no progress on a goal to close the life expectancy gap by 2031.

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  • Read the report online here
  • Download full report PDF here

‘My mob is telling their story and it makes me feel good’: here’s what Aboriginal survivors of child sexual abuse told us they need

The Conversation, October 22, 2019 6.00am AEDT

There are an estimated 60,000 survivors of institutional child sexual abuse in Australia. Based on the private sessions held as part of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, 15% of survivors are Aboriginal. That suggests an estimated 9,000 Aboriginal survivors. This is likely an under estimation.

Not only do Aboriginal survivors experience the trauma of institutional child sexual abuse, if they were part of the Stolen Generations, they also experience the cultural trauma from being forcibly removed from family as children because they were Aboriginal. These children were denied connection to community, country, spirituality, language and culture.

This context and its impacts today, including ongoing disadvantage and systemic racism, needs to be understood in developing healing solutions for Aboriginal survivors.

SHINE SA Scholarships For Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Focused Workers

SHINE SA, October 8, 2019

SHINE SA is offering scholarships for participation in our courses and professional development to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Focused Workers.

Priority for these scholarships will be given to professionals who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people or work in an Aboriginal organisation, and have a strong interest in sexual and reproductive health.

SHINE SA will cover the full cost of the applicant’s course of choice (please see link below for eligible courses).

Applicants attending a course that exceeds 1 day in duration can apply for contribution to expenses incurred to attend the course.

Applicants must provide a statement outlining the support required and why, including estimated costs.

HOW TO APPLY:

Scholarship places in 2020 are limited. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible with consideration to their intended course start date.

New clinic posters for download from Young Deadly Free

Young Deadly Free, October 2018

The team at Young Deadly Free have been busy creating new posters with Aboriginal communities across Australia. The posters aim to get their key messages out to young people and others in a fresh, engaging way.

All of our posters highlight positive messages from people living and working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities about the importance of STI and BBV testing.

  • View and download their 36 new posters here

We won’t close the gap if we put an ‘Indigenous spin’ on western approaches

The Guardian, Thursday 16 March 2017

Good health isn’t simply determined by provision of or access to medical and allied health services. It is influenced by a range of factors impacting on human lives on a day-to-day basis including income, education, conditions of employment, power and social support – the social determinants of health.

While the social determinants of health take on a critical role in trying to close the gap, in Australia we continue to try and respond to the Indigenous health crisis by putting an “Indigenous spin” on western approaches. We must change this around. It has to be solutions that are developed, designed and supported by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people themselves, for their own communities. If not we will not close the gap.

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Closing the Gap: Six of seven targets ‘not on track’, life expectancy gap unchanged

The Age, February 14th, 2017

Australia is not on track to close the life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, with the divide widening and deaths increasing when it comes to cancer, the ninth annual Closing the Gap report has found.