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How can you help close the health gap in Australia?

Equal access to healthcare is a basic human right. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can expect to live up to 10 – 17 years less than non-Indigenous Australians.

Today, March 20 2014 is Oxfam’s National Close the Gap Day, the day aims to support Indigenous health equality by generating conversation and creating awareness about the importance of this critical issue.

Help to make this year even bigger and show your support by hosting a small event such as a morning or afternoon tea in your community, at home or in your workplace. This can be an opportunity to discuss our country’s health inequality issue with family, friends and colleagues and with support we can aim to close the health gap in Australia.

To get involved with Close the Gap Day, register your event now by clicking here.

To download Close the Gap Day resources, please click here.

Childrens Week Launched in the Northern Territory

John Elferink, NT Minister for Children and Families, Launches Childrens Week in the NT.

Press Release:


18 October 2013

Minister for Children and Families John Elferink today helped kick-off Children’s Week celebrations at the official launch.

This year’s Darwin launch host was Maddison Cocker, aged 12, who also hosted the event last year. Children’s Week runs from 19 to 27 October.

The week is a national event to celebrate the right of children to enjoy childhood and is a time for children to demonstrate their talents, skills and abilities.

Mr Elferink said the theme for Children’s Week this year is taken from the United Nations Charter on the Rights of the Child Article 31: ‘The right to play and participate freely in cultural life and the arts’.

“As part of this focus, NAPCAN NT has encouraged organisations across the Territory to talk with children about their favourite play activity and to then share this information with parents and communities,” Mr Elferink said.

“Children are the future and we must provide them with the opportunity to be nurtured and grow.

“All children have a right to a safe and happy childhood, regardless of race, colour, sex, ability, religion, nationality or social origin.

“The Country Liberals Government will support families to see children grow in a positive environment – now and into the future.

“Children and their families are invited to attend a wide range of events and activities held throughout the week.

“This is a time of celebration and I encourage everybody to get involved.”

The full lists of Children’s Week events across the Northern Territory can be found at: 

Media Contact: 

Danielle Lede 0404 515 414

Season’s Greetings from NAPCAN

From everyone at NAPCAN

We thank you for playing your part this year and hope you enjoy the festive season, with a safe and happy start to the new year!

Over the holiday season we encourage you to reach out and connect with the children and young people in your community.

“Be someone who listens to children”

We look forward to sharing our work with you in 2014, our offices will reopen on 6 January.

Warm regards

Richard Cooke and the NAPCAN Team