North and West Remote Health take state wide approach to Close the Gap Day

One of the states pioneering health care providers North and West Remote Health (NWRH) have taken an organisation wide approach today to supporting the 2016 National Close the Gap Day.

A day aimed at bringing people together, to share information and to take meaningful action in support of achieving Indigenous health equality NWRH coordinated teams of health care professionals to take part in events across all key organisational hubs, including Longreach, Mount Isa and Normanton.

Offered free to the public these events featured healthy food, health checks and health information, along with opportunities for those in the community to meet one on one with health care professionals.

Also supported by many other health and wellbeing related services NWRH take pride in supporting such initiatives; as an organisation working in 39 communities across Northern Australia, many of them some of Australia’s most remote discrete Aboriginal communities.

Speaking on the significance of the National Close the Gap Day initiative NWRH Chief Executive Officer Evelyn Edwards highlighted the alarming statistic that “Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People can expect to live up to 10–17 years less than non-Indigenous Australians*.”

“Achieving national health equality for all Australians is not something that can be fixed in the space of a day, however in the short-term we as health care service providers can certainly support and host events such as those of today’s Close the Gap Day to help encourage improvements and bring about localised solutions.’’

*Source- https://www.oxfam.org.au/what-we-do/indigenous-australia/national-close-the-gap-day/