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Self determination key to closing the gap – National Close the Gap Day 2024

Although there has been progress made in areas of the Closing the Gap Strategy, First Nations peoples still experience vision loss and blindness at three times the rate than of non-Indigenous people.

More needs to be done to Close the Gap.

On National Close the Gap Day 2024 (21 March), RANZCO urges the Australian Government to further work towards strategies, with a strong focus on self determination, to improve the health and life expectancies of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

RANZCO is further committed to reconciliation and to strengthening the Indigenous ophthalmic workforce.

Read more in the media release.

This National Close the Gap Day, RANZCO calls upon the Australian Government to establish stronger accountability to achieve health equity for First Nations peoples. We support embedding the concept of self-determination in all strategies.

Last updated: May 2, 2024

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