Beyond Blue calls on all Australians to support Close the Gap campaign

21 December 2015

Australia has one of the world’s worst life expectancy gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, with mortality rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people similar to those of some of the most impoverished third-world nations.

The Close The Gap (CTG) Coalition was established in 2006 to reduce this gap in life expectancy, and as the 10th anniversary approaches, Beyond Blue is urging all Australians to sign the pledge.

Beyond Blue’s Stop.Think.Respect Invisible Discriminator campaign in 2015 highlighted the effect of subtle racism on the mental health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. But Beyond Blue’s vision for everyone in Australia to achieve their best possible mental health can only be fully achieved if the health gap is closed.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can expect to live 10–17 fewer years than other Australians. Babies born to Aboriginal mothers die at more than twice the rate of other Australian babies, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experience higher rates of preventable illness such as heart disease, kidney disease and diabetes.

The CTG campaign has garnered the support of almost 200,000 Australians calling on governments to take real, measurable action to achieve Indigenous health equality by 2030.

In the past decade, there has been a bipartisan commitment to take action through the formal signing of the Statement of Intent, allocation of additional health funding through COAG and a stated intention to work in partnership with Indigenous health organisations and communities.

Everyone knows there is more work to be done.

Beyond Blue hopes that you will lend your support to the campaign and make your pledge today

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