Closing the Gap on Health Equity So Children and Families Thrive

Closing the Gap on Health Equity So Children and Families Thrive

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The national Close The Gap day is a reminder of the role that Tweddle, a state-wide family health and early parenting organisation, plays in helping to improve and influence health outcomes for Aboriginal families, children and their communities.

Closing the Gap acknowledges the ongoing strength and resilience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in sustaining the world’s oldest living cultures. It also recognises that structural change in the way governments work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is needed to close the gap.

In March 2019, a formal Partnership Agreement on Closing the Gap was established between the Commonwealth Government, state and territory governments, the Coalition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peak Organisations and the Australian Local Government Association.

The objective of the National Agreement on Closing the Gap is to enable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and governments to work together to overcome the inequality experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and achieve life outcomes equal to all Australians.

The National Agreement on Closing the Gap has 16 national socio-economic targets across areas that have an impact on life outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The 16 targets include outcomes that improve the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

Targets include that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are born healthy and strong, that they thrive in their early years, and that they are not over-represented in the child protection system.

While Close the Gap day is a time for Tweddle staff, families and the community to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements, it is also a day to reflect on how we are helping to influence and achieve the National Agreement on Closing the Gap targets.

Tweddle believes in working in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities as we develop an understanding of transgenerational trauma. This understanding will help Tweddle to provide and improve access to inclusive practice and programs in the best interest of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander babies, children and families.

Tweddle has developed a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Reflect, to ensure our services reflect and respect aboriginal parenting culture, heritage, learning practices and awareness of intergenerational trauma. Proud Yorta Yorta and Gunnai graphic artist and Director at Bayila Creative Dixon Patten has provided the illustrations for Tweddle’s RAP. We will be launching our RAP during Reconciliation Week 2021.

This year Tweddle will be observing Close the Gap Day with staff and families. Tweddle Early Parenting Practitioner and proud Gunaikurnai woman Hayley Clark will be leading an Aboriginal play, stories and song group for Tweddle babies, toddlers and parents. We will display the National Agreement on Closing the Gap poster and the 16 socio-economic targets.

For more information about how you can help Close The Gap, visit ANTaR, a national advocacy organisation dedicated specifically to the rights – and overcoming the disadvantage – of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, through lobbying, public campaigns and advocacy. You can also read about the Closing the Gap partnership, targets and priority reforms here.

Make a pledge to Close the Gap and join in demanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health equality within a generation.

 

Close the Gap at Tweddle 2021
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