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Business School hosts Close the Gap morning tea

28 Mar 2013

Staff from the University of Sydney Business School gathered on 20 March for a morning tea, to show their recognition of the need to close the gap between health outcomes for Indigenous Australians and non-Indigenous Australians

The event, one of 950 held around the country attended by more than 140,000 people, was part of a campaign by Oxfam and their Close the Gap partners to pledge support to removing  health inequalities experienced by Indigenous Australians within a generation.

The morning tea was addressed by Mr Scott Avery from the National Congress of Australia's First Peoples, who explained that the Close the Gap campaign has been working since 2007 towards the elimination of health inequality and reduced life expectancy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

"There is an 11.5 year difference in the average life expectancy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men, compared to non-Indigenous men," Mr Avery said. "For women, that gap is 9.7 years. Behind those numbers are individual stories of injustice, racism and inter-generational trauma."

"The current national funding agreement for the Closing the Gap is set to expire in June 2013," Mr Avery continued. "Its continuation is reliant on the State and Federal Governments affirming their commitment to Close the Gap, and encouraging partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations to plan and implement the strategies required to meet the goal of eliminating the gap by 2030."

"It was extremely gratifying to see the Business School community come together for the event," said Associate Professor Leanne Cutcher, from the Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies. "That so many of our academics and professional staff attended the event speaks volumes about how important this issue is."

For more information on the Close the Gap campaign, please visit the Oxfam website.