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Closing the gap in Indigenous health inequity - Is it making a difference?


Deravin, L and Francis, KL and Anderson, J, Closing the gap in Indigenous health inequity - Is it making a difference?, International Nursing Review, 65, (4) pp. 477-483. ISSN 0020-8132 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1111/inr.12436


Aim: This paper will review progress towards the identified targets within the Australian government policy document commonly known as ‘Closing the Gap’ and examine the role of nurses in supporting its implementation.

Background: Australia is not alone in seeking to address the health inequity between Indigenous and non‐Indigenous people. Globally such health inequities are similar and require interventions supported by governments in conjunction with health and education systems to affect desired change. For this reason, it is timely to undertake a review of progress on the impact of the Closing the Gap initiative.

Sources of evidence: The Australian national partnership agreement and subsequent annual performance reports issued between 2010 and 2017.

Discussion: Targets set within the Australian government national partnership agreement have had a range of success. Those targets not on track require significant long‐term investment to ensure their success. Nurses as a large professional group are powerful advocates to speak up and support policy change that affects disempowered social groups.

Conclusion: Long‐term social change takes time, yet without the commitment of Australian Governments through effective policy and economic support, the inequity in the health of Indigenous people will continue both now and in the future.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Indigenous Studies
Research Group:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing
Research Field:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander public health and wellbeing
Objective Division:Indigenous
Objective Group:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
Objective Field:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health system performance
UTAS Author:Francis, KL (Professor Karen Francis)
ID Code:132296
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:10
Deposited By:Nursing
Deposited On:2019-05-02
Last Modified:2019-05-02

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