04 August 2021

Close the Gap 2021

The 12th annual Close the Gap report — Leadership and Legacy Through Crises: Keeping our Mob safe — showcases how strengths-based approaches are the most effective way to improve health outcomes for Australia’s First Peoples.
This year’s report was produced by the Lowitja Institute, Australia’s community controlled national institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research, on behalf of the Close the Gap Steering Committee.
The report showcases the resilience, strengths and leadership of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, communities and organisations throughout critical health crises in 2020: devastating bushfires and climate change, the coronavirus pandemic and the mental health emergency facing First Australians.
The Productivity Commission Annaual Data Report (https://www.pc.gov.au/closing-the-gap-data/annual-data-report/2021) highlights that progress toward the seven Closing the Gap targets is mixed. Three are on track (healthy birthweight babies, the enrolment of children in the year before full time schooling and youth detention rates), while the remaining four are not on track (life expectancy, adult imprisonment, out-of-home care for children and suicides).

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