Close The Gap

Australia’s largest campaign to improve Indigenous health

The Close the Gap coalition is calling on governments to take action to achieve Indigenous health equality within 25 years by:

  • A long-term investment in Indigenous health; investment in financial and human resources
  • Increasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders’ access to health services
  • Addressing critical social issues such as poor housing, nutrition, employment and education
  • Building Indigenous control and participation in the delivery of health and other services
  • Getting governments at state and national level to work in partnership with Indigenous communities, health organisations and experts to develop and monitor a plan to tackle the Indigenous health crisis
  • Promoting real and meaningful partnerships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities and health services. Partnership means giving people real influence at all stages of the decision-making process, and must be adequately resourced.

Visit for more detailed information.

2015 Close the Gap Progress and Priorities Report


 Close the Gap Shadow reports

In April 2008, the Australian Government committed to providing an annual report to Parliament on progress towards closing the gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous Australians. Each year the Campaign Steering Committee provides a complementary ‘shadow’ report representing its assessment of the Australian Government’s progress against its commitments to achieving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health equality.

Close the Gap Shadow Report 2011 Close the Gap Shadow Report 2012 Close the Gap Shadow Report 2013

Read the Close the Gap Partnership position paper (June 2010) – why a real partnership between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians is so important.
Prime Ministers Speech-Second Reading Debate Speech – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Recognition Bill 2012 -Constitutional Recognition

Would you like to get involved? You can:

• Sign the Close the Gap pledge here 
• Get involved in National Close the Gap Day here  
• Get Close the Gap resources for your school here
• Get more resources here

IAHA Close the Gap Events

Signing of Statement of Intent

IAHA, AHPA and its Member Organisations Sign a Statement of Intent on 20 March 2014 at Parliament House in Canberra.

Click here to view the Media Release from The Hon. Fiona Nash.
Click here to view the Media Release from IAHA.
Click here to view the Statement of Intent. (Coming Soon)



Paul House performing the Welcome to Country

Mick Gooda speaking as MC of the Event

The Hon. Fiona Nash speaking at the Event

Allied Health Professions Australia (AHPA) Chairperson Lyn Littlefield speaks at the Event

Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA) Chairperson Faye McMillan speaks at the Event