Shadow Report on Closing the Gap - 2010

11 Feb 2010

In 2008, the Prime Minister Mr Rudd, together with Australia's peak Indigenous and non-Indigenous health organisations including the AMA, signed a statement of intent to eliminate the gap in health and life expectancy between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians within a generation. Mr Rudd also promised that, each year, he would provide Australian Parliament with a report on his Government's progress in closing the gap.

The Steering Committee of the Close the Gap Campaign coalition of peak Indigenous and non-Indigenous health organisations has produced a Shadow Report that provides the perspectives of the Indigenous and non-Indigenous health sector on the Government's progress in closing the gap. The AMA is a key member of that Steering Committee. The Shadow Report shows that the Government has not developed a long-term, comprehensive national plan to close the gap and that it falls short when it comes to developing a genuine partnership with Indigenous people and their representative organisations.