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Building on the Close the Gap platform: commitments for an incoming government

Posted on: 3 February, 2014
Issue: Vol 14 No 1, January 2014 – March 2014
Related to Closing the gap Health Offender health Social determinants

Close the Gap Campaign Steering Committee (2013)
Building on the Close the Gap platform: commitments for an incoming government
Canberra: Australian Human Rights Commission

This report was prepared by the Close the Gap Campaign Steering Committee and outlines what the Committee sees as the key commitments and milestones for the newly-elected Commonwealth Government of the 44th Parliament. Commitments and milestones are set outlined for the first 100 days, first year, and throughout the Government’s term; they will be monitored and reported on by the Committee through their annual progress report.

Broadly, the Committee calls on the Government to do the following, in partnership with Indigenous people:

  • reaffirm the Government’s commitment to ‘closing the gap’
  • renew the National partnership agreement on closing the gap in Indigenous health outcomes with a minimum $777 million investment
  • establish an implementation plan for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health plan 2013-2023
  • develop a whole-of-government approach to Indigenous health and the related social determinants
  • develop a Closing the gap target related to Indigenous incarceration
  • develop legislation for the reporting for Closing the gap
  • ensure long-term funding of these innitiatives
  • determine the appropriate Indigenous share of mainstream health services, based on population size and need.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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