This communique includes all 3 press releases: NACCHO,CTG campaign and National Congress plus;
Download the Close the Gap Shadow report (CTG Press release after NACCHO )
Justin Mohamed the chair of NACCHO, the national authority in comprehensive Aboriginal primary health care with 150 Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service members Australia wide, today welcomed the PM Julia Gillard’s report to Parliament, that clearly identifies that their membership was a major contributor to the Closing the Gap
Mr Mohamed said that the Closing the Gap report using evidence from National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Health Performance Framework 2012 highlighted the role of NACCHO members improving health outcomes and meeting the COAG set six ‘Closing the Gap’ Targets, including to achieve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander life expectancy equality within a generation, and to halve the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander under-fives mortality rate gap within a decade.
“Closing the gap in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and life expectancy is a multi-decade commitment that will span policy cycles, funding agreements and governments “Mr Mohamed said
We (NACCHO) call on the government and opposition during this election year to continue to demonstrate their bipartisan support and commitment to the CTG Statement of Intent by:
- the renewal of the National Partnership Agreement in Closing the Gap in Indigenous Health Outcomes (that expires 30 June 2013) with the continued level of funding; and
- The NATSIHP should embody a new, rights-based and equality-focused mode of thinking and guide a multi-decade program of action if it is to be fit for purpose. Such a plan would be consistent with the multiparty commitment to close the gap by 2030.
- The federal election – that will be held on 14 September 2013, and is an opportunity to strengthen multi-party, long-term commitment to closing the gap by 2030.
“The challenges of this 2013 election will test our nation’s resolve and commitment to achieving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health equality – a long-term vision shared by all political parties. It’s now time to get behind a visionary, and yet practical, plan to reach that goal.” Mr Mohamed said
“While all parties have voiced support for health equality, now is the time to demonstrate how promises will be turned into actions with accountable results.”
Contact Colin Cowell NACCHO media for interviews etc M: 0401 331 251
2013 is make or break to Close the Gap by 2030
The Close the Gap campaign says three crucial commitments this year will make or break the achievement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander health equality by 2030.
Social Justice Commissioner, Mick Gooda said this year is the juncture of three developments that together will give a strong indication if this target can be met.
“This year will see not only a Federal Election and the implementation of a new National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan but also the need for all governments – including states and territories – to recommit to the National Partnership Agreement (NPA) on Closing the Gap in Indigenous Health Outcomes,” he said
“We need solid assurances from all parties that this funding – already providing tangible outcomes – will continue.
“This year’s Prime Minister’s report on Closing the Gap report comes amidst some promising signs of improvements in Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander health – a key focus of the Close the Gap Campaign, made up of Australia’s peak health and human rights bodies, which today publishes a ‘Shadow Report’ on the government’s progress to close the gap.
The campaign welcomed specific gains including:
– the target to halve the mortality rates for children under five appears to be on track
– significant increase in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples accessing health services for chronic disease – which is the basis of the significant gap in health outcomes
– the work already underway to develop a long term health plan in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
– meeting the target for early childhood education access in remote communities
“Closing the Gap in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and life expectancy is a multi-decade commitment that will span policy cycles, funding agreements and governments. The Prime Minster noted the enormous challenges of meeting the life expectancy target. But, the nation expects commitments to be maintained and crucial investment to continue, until we close the gap,” said Commissioner Gooda.
Congress Co-Chair Jody Broun said implementing a new National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan is vital for the long term outlook.
“Implementing the plan must see a recommitment to the $1.57 billion Health National Partnership Agreement, which underpins all of the programs and services provided by Government and our own community-controlled organisations.
“The multiparty support shown through the Close the Gap Statement of Intent provides the basis for ongoing efforts and investment from all of all parties which must be continued over the long term,” she said.
Read the Close the Gap Steering Committee’s Shadow Report at: oxfam.org.au/closethegap or humanrights.gov.au
Mick Gooda, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, and Jody Broun, Co-Chair, National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples Co-Chair the Close the Gap Steering Committee. Committee members are: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation; Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association; Australian Indigenous Psychologists’ Association; Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses; Indigenous Allied Health Australia Inc.; Indigenous Dentists’ Association of Australia; National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation; National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers’ Association; National Association of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Physiotherapists; National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples; National Coordinator – Tackling Indigenous Smoking ; National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee; The Lowitja Institute; Torres Strait Island Regional Authority; Australian College of Nursing; Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council; ANTaR; Australian Human Rights Commission; Australian Medical Association; Australian Medicare Local Alliance; The Fred Hollows Foundation; Heart Foundation Australia; Menzies School of Health Research; Oxfam Australia; Palliative Care Australia; Royal Australasian College of Physicians; Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Contact: Neeta Mairata 0417 957 525 (for Commissioner Gooda)
Liz Willis: 0457 877 408 (for Co-Chair Broun)