Close the Gap

National Close the Gap Day was held on Thursday 21 March to raise awareness of and help improve health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples can expect to live at least 10 years less than other Australians. Babies born to Aboriginal mothers die at more than twice the rate of other Australian babies, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experience higher rates of preventable illnesses such as heart disease, kidney disease and diabetes. The mortality rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is on par with some of the world’s most impoverished nations.

To show our support for this cause, Padua hosted a successful Close the Gap Day with Year 12 RE classes working together to provide a number activities, including a concert, BBQ, badges for sale and a petition to show support for this cause.

Samantha Vinson
Social Justice Coordinator