The Close the Gap campaign after 17 years has finally launched its first standalone website https://closethegap.org.au/ on this years Close the Gap Day March 17.
The Close the Gap campaign arose in response to Professor Tom Calma’s Social Justice Report (2005 ) which challenged governments to bring about health equality within a generation.
Up until now Close the Gap information has been available through external websites thanks to the generous support of members such as Oxfam and ANTAR.
In launching the new website, the campaign steering committee co-chair Karl Briscoe said the committee recently agreed to this year’s theme “it was time to transform power and systems to close the gap for the next generation “and the new website developed by a 100% Aboriginal owned business Claystone Marketing will play a vital role moving forward to Close the Gap.
“This new website is just one of the many mechanisms assisting with priority reforms outlined in the National Agreement on Closing the Gap by ensuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership guides implementation. Through allyship and trust, we can commit to making a difference for the next generation.” said Mr Briscoe.
In thanking the Close the Gap steering committee and the Australian Human Rights Commission for giving Claystone Marketing the opportunity to develop the new website the Managing Director Mervyn Fernando a young Dunghutti and Kamilaroi entrepreneur said Indigenous health promotion was at the core of his marketing activities.
“With my father dying at an early age I have also established Indigenous Medical Supplies that services Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHO’s) throughout Australia , so to project manage the Close the Gap website that promotes health equality for our mob was very important to my family “Mr Fernando said. (Pictured above right with Colin Cowell left Mentor / Project Consultant)
For further information / Interviews contact Mervyn Fernando: 0432 335 224