Closing the Gap

Program Overview

Aboriginal Australians today still have poorer health and poorer access to health care, social services and education than other Australians. This, as well as the history of dispossession and exclusion, helps to explain the life expectancy gap of 17 years between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians. Despite the enormous impacts of European colonisation on Aboriginal ways of life, Aboriginal people have survived and their culture is alive and strong today.


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians are at a marked disadvantage compared to other Australians and the gap has not decreased over the past decade or more. The Closing the Gap strategy aims to reduce Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander disadvantage with respect to life expectancy, child mortality, access to early childhood education, educational achievement and employment outcomes.


The Closing the Gap program will assist in the aim to increase the uptake of mainstream health services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, by way of Cultural Education, to increase cultural safety within these services, to better address health needs.


Barwon Medicare Local and the Aboriginal Health Programs Liaison supports the work of the Wathaurong Aboriginal Co operative and Health Service, and seek to facilitate collaborative projects to build resources and partnerships across sectors, including the Aboriginal Community-Controlled Health network.


Barwon Medicare Local recognises that Aboriginal people attend other general practices in the area. We are committed to supporting all practices in their endeavors to provide high quality, integrated care for Aboriginal people.


Closing the Gap Activities Include

  • Practice visits
  • Cultural Education
  • Workshops with a focus on creating Cultural Safety
  • Support through email, telephone and this website
  • Supporting General Practice with Self-Identification process
  • Supporting GPs and General Practice staff access to Cultural Education Training
  • Cultural Audits for General Practice
  • Information and resources regarding local activities

Closing the Gap Training Grants Program 2012-13

The Department of Health is now accepting submissions for the Closing the Gap training grants program 2012-13.  For more information see the following:
Submission Specifications
Expression of Interest - Submission Form

List of possible Training Providers


Program Officer

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