16 May 20225
Raising awareness of Indigenous health needs, Wednesday, March 18, is Closing the Gap Day - a free, family-friendly event for people of all ages.
Hosted by Sonder, a not-for-profit health and support services organisation, the event will be held at the Jubilee Pavilion, Adelaide Showground from 11am to 3pm.
Closing the Gap Day is time for all Australians to come together and commit to achieving health equality for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.
National Close the Gap Day, observed on the third Thursday of March, is similarly a day which advocates for the health equity of Australia’s Indigenous people and educating the public about the health issues and barriers to wellbeing faced by them.
Wednesday’s Closing the Gap Day festivities provide an opportunity to experience Aboriginal culture and learn about services available across SA to support Aboriginal people to improve their health, wellbeing and other areas of their lives.
The annual event brings all of these important services together in one place to share information and provide individuals with the opportunity to have a yarn with the people behind the services.
Sonder says with hundreds of stalls to browse, a great line-up of entertainment and a free shared lunch for all to enjoy, there is something for everyone in the family.
This year, you will also find a Nunga Marketplace where First Nations businesses and creatives can sell artworks and other merchandise.
Children and young people will have the opportunity to participate in cultural and fun activities as well as ‘Chill-space,’ a special activity area hosted by SA headspace centres.
Live entertainment in the past has included musicians, comedians and dancing groups. This year, Sonder is anticipating another great program of performers on the main stage.
Story source and for more information go to: https://closingthegapday.net/
The ANMF (SA Branch) is a strong advocate for Indigenous health equity and believes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should have:
Equitable and affordable access to health services that support their health and wellbeing.
All health services should focus on improving accessibility for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through the provision of culturally safe and respectful health care services.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should be provided access to nursing and midwifery education through further incentives and assistance which will attract Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to a career in nursing and midwifery in numbers that will increase the numbers to that which at least reflect the proportion of Indigenous people in the wider community.
Please see the ANMF (SA Branch) Health Policy Position Statement on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health here