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Closing the gap – Prime Minister’s report 2012

Posted on: 15 February, 2012
Issue: Vol 12 No 1, January 2012 – March 2012
Related to Closing the gap Housing Child protection Chronic conditions Infants and young children Education

Department of Families Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (2012)
Closing the gap – Prime Minister’s report 2012
Canberra: Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

This annual report outlines the progress being made towards meeting the targets set for Closing the gap in Indigenous disadvantage in the seven key building blocks:

  • early childhood
  • schooling
  • health
  • healthy homes
  • safe communities
  • economic participation
  • governance and leadership.

The report highlights the significant improvements in the area of child mortality even though the gap still remains large.

The Australian Government’s agenda for Closing the gap is driven by the need to:

  • overcome decades of under-investment in services and infrastructure
  • encourage and support personal responsibility for healthy functional families and communities
  • build new understanding and respect between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

The report states that even though improvements have been made, achieving solid results in the areas identified by the building blocks will take ongoing investment and time.

As with previous reports it is acknowledged that a partnership approach with Indigenous individuals and communities, corporate and community sectors is necessary to help close the gap.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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