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National Close The Gap Day 2015

Posted 20 March 2015

National Close the Gap Day is an opportunity to raise awareness of the significant health disparities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. To mark the occasion, the VHA hosted a Close the Gap morning tea which was also attended by Dental Health Services Victoria.

Did you know ... that compared to the state's non-Indigenous population, Indigenous Victorians:

  • have over three times the number of preventable hospitalisations
  • are 2.4 times more likely to have a disability
  • have double the child mortality rate (aged under five)
  • have double the number of emergency department presentations
  • are one-and-a-half times more likely to be hospitalised for any cause

Many Victorian health and community services have formally identifed Indigenous health in their annual Statement of Priorities and have signed a statement of intent, committing them to actions that ensure their services are appropriate, accessible and affordable for Indigenous Victorians. The VHA encourages members to sign the Oxfam pledge to Close the Gap on health inequality.

The VHA will continue to work with the Victorian Aboriginal and Community Controlled Health Organisation, public hospitals, community health services, Medicare Locals and other health stakeholders to promote and support Closing the Gap.

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