The poorer health of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples when compared to the non-Indigenous population is no secret – but this is something that can change.
Since 2006, the Close the Gap Campaign has seen Australia’s peak Indigenous and non-Indigenous health bodies, NGOs and human rights organisations work together to achieve health and life expectation equality for Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
The campaign’s goal is to close the health and life expectancy gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Australians within a generation. The campaign is built on evidence that shows that significant improvements in the health status of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples can be achieved within short time frames.
The aim of Close the Gap is to make sure that by 2030 any Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander child born in this country has the same opportunity as other Australian children to live a long, healthy and happy life.
This year the Mullumbimby Neighbourhood Centre will highlight the issue is the area.
In the Byron Shire there are no government funded culturally appropriate health or community services. The indigenous community is serviced by out-reached services which are currently delivered in an adhoc system.
The Mullumbimby and District Neighbourhood Centre in partnership with Byron Shire Council, Tweed Byron Local Aboriginal Land Council and Aboriginal Community members – working together as Bagwa Bugalma – are hosting a special event for Aboriginal women and mothers of Aboriginal children to find out what health and support services are in the Byron Shire for Aboriginal people and their families and to let them know what services Aboriginal people feel they need.
The event will have information about what there is now – from the team at Mullumbimby Neighbourhood Centre and will identify what is needed, facilitated by Delta Kay and Leweena Williams
There will be cultural creative activities including including weaving, and Earth mandala, visual arts and cultural dance
With a free Lunch will be provided by Mullumbimby Neighbourhood Centre the event will run from 11am to 2pm on Friday March 22.