SOUTH WESTERN MELBOURNE

Closing the Gap

What is Closing the Gap?

Closing the Gap is a commitment by all Australian governments to work together across all departments to improve the health and well-being of Indigenous Australians.

There are six specific targets

  • to close the life expectancy gap within a generation
  • to halve the gap in mortality rates for indigenous children under five in a decade
  • to ensure access to early childhood education for all indigenous four year olds in remote communities within five years
  • to halve the gap in reading, writing and numeracy achievements for children within a decade
  • to halve the gap in Indigenous Year 12 achievement by 2020
  • to halve the gap in employment outcomes between Indigenous and non- indigenous Australians within a decade

Our role

SWMML has received funding to assist GPs in the Hobsons Bay and Wyndham areas with the care coordination of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients with complex health conditions.

The Indigenous Chronic Disease Program (ICDP) supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with chronic disease.

The program aims to provide those with chronic disease better access to GPs, Allied Healthcare professionals and specialists.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients that are identified as needing more complex chronic disease management or support can be referred to the Care Coordination and Supplementary Services Program (CCSS).

Please contact Alex Rojas for more information [email protected] or call 8731 6540

As part of Closing the Gap we are working with our community to support better health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people our Aboriginal Outreach Officer can provide assistance with practical issues such as making appointments, finding appropriate healthcare professionals in our region and attending appointments with patients.

Please contact Darleen Christensen for more information [email protected] or call 8731 6513

General Practices and Allied Health professionals can access Cultural Awareness training via workshops presented by SWMML.

Please contact Ron Hanniver for more information [email protected]  or call 8731 6516

Healthcare Professionals can access more information here
Members of the community can access more information here