National Close The Gap Day
National Close the Gap Day is an awareness event that’s observed annually on the third Thursday of March, and advocates for health equity among Australia’s indigenous peoples. This holiday was first observed in 2007 and was originally organized between Australia’s health organizations and then launched through an event that was headlined by Olympians Ian Thorpe and Cathy Freeman.
This awareness event is designed to improve the health outcomes for Torres Strait Islander people and Aboriginals-groups of people who have a life expectancy that’s approximately 17-years lower than those of non-indigenous Australians. This lowered life expectancy is due to a lack of access to healthcare, poverty, and a lack of employment. This is why this holiday attempts to raise awareness about each of these issues and to close the gap.
The History Of National Close The Gap Day
In 2007, top public health care agencies and other organizations collaborated with one another to create this holiday. The first Close the Gap Day was launched by a special event that was headlined by Cathy Freeman and Ian Thorpe. It’s an awareness day that’s been observed ever since.
Observing National Close The Gap Day
Life expectancy isn’t just a health issue, but it’s also a human rights issue. When people aren’t living as long of a life as they would’ve if they had basic access to healthcare, employment, and education, then it’s an issue that must be remedied by society. And that’s the purpose of National Close the Gap Day.
It’s a day to close the gap between the haves and the have-nots and to ensure that every Australian lives a happy, healthy, and full life. People can spread the word about this awareness day by telling their friends and family, or by using the hashtag #NationalCloseTheGapDay on their social media accounts. If every Australian works together, then everyone can have the basic human right of a long, healthy, and happy life.