Close the Gap Day
National Close The Gap Day is the annual campaign to improve the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
The ‘gap’ refers to the disparities in health, wellbeing and life expectancy between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and other Australians. The statistics are alarming:
- On average, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples die 10.6 years younger than other Australians
- Aboriginal children spend twice as long in our hospital facilities
- Aboriginal patients are more likely to discharge against medical advice
- Indigenous children are twice as likely to die during early childhood than non-Indigenous children
Here at Sydney Children's Hospitals Network, we are working to close the gap in health outcomes for Aboriginal people. The Network has renewed its strategic focus to improve its care and recognition of Aboriginal patients and families and provide a culturally safe space for all.