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Home > Events > Special Events > Close the Gap

Close the Gap


National Close the Gap Day will be held on Thursday, 21 March this year. 

Everyone deserves the right to a healthy future and the opportunities this affords.

However, many of Australia’s First Peoples are denied the same access to healthcare that non-Indigenous Australians take for granted.

Despite a decade of Government promises, the gap in health and life expectancy between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians is widening.

Most Australians enjoy one of the highest life expectancies of any country in the world — but this is not true for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples can expect to live at least 10 years fewer than other Australians.

This means we all have a role to play in closing the gap.


With your help we aim to close this health gap and achieve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health equality  within a generation.

Our union encourages all Chapters to host an activity or event to recognise the day, and bring awareness to the gap in health and life expectancy that exists between Australia’s First Peoples and non-Indigenous people.

Members can register their Close the Gap Day activities and receive free event resources by visiting https://antar.org.au/closethegap

To join our union’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Working Group, contact IEUA-QNT Organiser Nick Holliday via nholliday@qieu.asn.au 

Authorised by Terry Burke, Independent Education Union of Australia – Queensland & Northern Territory Branch, Brisbane.