DISABLED PEOPLE’S ORGANISATIONS AUSTRALIA

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CLOSE THE GAP

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CHANGE THE RECORD

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First Peoples Disability Network is proud to be a member of the Close the Gap (CTG) Campaign.

As part of its work with the Close the Gap Campaign, FPDN attends regular leadership meetings, participates in annual events at Parliament House, has presented to the Parliamentary Friends of the Close the Gap Campaign at Parliament House, Canberra, and is campaigning for a stand-alone CTG target for disability to
be introduced.

What is Close the Gap?

The poorer health of Australiaís Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples when compared to the non-Indigenous population is no secret ñ and something can be done about it. Since 2006, Australiaís peak Indigenous and non-Indigenous health bodies, NGOs and human rights organisations have worked together to achieve health and life expectation equality for Australiaís Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This is known as the Close the Gap Campaign.

The Campaignís primary goal is to close the health and life expectancy gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

peoples and non-Indigenous Australians within a generation. The Campaign is built on evidence that shows that significant improvements in the health status of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples can be achieved within short time frames.

By joining our efforts we can make sure that by 2030 any Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander child born in this country has the same opportunity as other Australian children to live a long, healthy and happy life.