There have been a lot of reports highlighting the disgraceful situation with the health of many Indigenous Australians. It is important to be aware of this situation, but it can sometimes make the problem seem insurmountable, which can create a view that it’s all too hard.
In a positive move, ANTaR (Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation) launched a report in Canberra today detailing some of the success stories in Indigenous health. It lists just a sample of some of the many organisations and programs which have made a big difference, often with relatively small resources. You can find out more about these successful examples by clicking here.
The launch of the report was attended by the Social Justice Commissioner, whose own Annual report was released yesterday, along with the Health Minister and shadow Health Minister. There were a few TV cameras there too, although unfortunately they left as soon as the Minister had finished his remarks. Can’t have too much good news I guess.
The ANTaR website also lets people to send in details of other success stories in Indigenous health. You can also register your own personal support for action to close the 17 year life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.