What is National Close the Gap day?
National Close the Gap Day (NCTGD) is a national day of action to pledge support for achieving Indigenous health equality by 2030. Each year the support for NCTDG continues to grow with tens of thousands of people around the country taking part. The aim of this day is to bring people together, to share information — and most importantly — to take meaningful action in support of achieving Indigenous health equality by 2030.
Why is it so important?
Aboriginal people are 2.3 times more likely to suffer a chronic condition than their non-Aboriginal counterparts and have the worst health outcomes of any community in Australia. In 2008, the Coalition of Australian Governments (COAG) launched Closing the Gap, a national framework that aims to provide a coordinated strategy targeting 7 key areas; child mortality, early childhood education, school attendance, reading and numeracy, year 12 or equivalent attainment and employment and life expectancy.
"Your actions can create lasting change. Be part of the generation that closes the gap."
How are we involved
Each year, Life Apparel actively engages with a number of Indigenous health care centres looking to provide our products as incentives for Indigenous locals to receive regular health checks. We are proud to take part in this initiative in any way possible, as it is something that we feel very strongly about. Once such Health Care organisation doing their part for the initiative is Wheatbelt Health Network, pictured below.
Wheatbelt Health Network staff pictured wearing Life Apparel polo shirts
Image source - advonadvocate.com.au
Help make a difference
Each year people from all over Australia come together to help make a difference. Our collective actions can create lasting change. For the last decade thousands of Australians from every corner of the country have shown their support for Close the Gap by marking National Close the Gap Day each year.
On this day, we have an opportunity to show our support that health equality as a fundamental right for all. Your actions can create lasting change. Be part of the generation that closes the gap.