Do something for Close the Gap Day

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are dying 10-17 years younger than other Australians. Think about that — a non-Indigenous child who started school this year may outlive an Indigenous student about to complete Year 12.

National Close the Gap Day is being held on Thursday, 19 March. It’s Australia’s largest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health campaign, and a great way for schools to tackle the Australian Curriculum priority of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures.

Register now at to receive a free resource pack with Australian Curriculum aligned resources from Oxfam Australia to help your students learn about the gap in health outcomes between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous Australians, and create and participate in events that are all about student-led action and community engagement.

Our resources are easy to use and inspire creative ways to generate action and discussion – from sport to art and photography, music to debate. Supporting materials, videos, animations and stories balance the issues of health inequality with solutions.

Health equality is everyone’s business, and as educators we must continue to work together to ensure Indigenous health equality becomes a reality by 2030 — our students’ generation. Therefore, the support of schools is vital. Join the 230,000 students and teachers from more than 1000 schools nationally who have participated in this national day over past four years.

Teachers and principals have reported positive impacts of running Gap Day activities, observing students develop a greater understanding of wellbeing, social justice and equity, as well as developing values and attitudes such as empathy, connectedness and responsibility.

Register today at

Details: Annalise De Mel, Schools Program Coordinator – Oxfam Australia, or (03) 9289 9390