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Close the gap: progress and priorities report 2015

Posted on: 16 February, 2015
Issue: Vol 15 No 1, January 2015 – March 2015
Related to Closing the gap Deaths Policies Infants and young children Rural Education Social issues

Holland C (2015)
Close the gap: progress and priorities report 2015
Sydney: Australian Human Rights Commission

This report, released annually, presents the Close the Gap Campaign Steering Committee’s assessment of the Australian Government’s progress towards achieving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health equality under the Closing the gap strategy.

The report comprises three chapters:
  • Chapter one: progress in the national effort to close the gap, examines health outcomes as revealed by data in the last twelve months. It demonstrates that gradual improvements are beginning to be evidenced in key Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health outcomes.
  • Chapter two: developments in policy assesses proposals for federal relations reform, changes to the Closing the gap strategy, the Indigenous advancement strategy and other developments.
  • Chapter three: establishing effective pathways for positive change, an analysis by the Campaign Steering Committee sets out the campaign’s ideas for enhancing the Closing the gap strategy and improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health outcomes over the next few years.

Key recommendations from the report include:

  • the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health measures survey findings are used to better target chronic conditions in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population
  • the Australian Government continues to lead the COAG Closing the gap strategy
  • the Australian Government restores the National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee.

Abstract adapted from Close the Gap Campaign Steering Committee

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