Achieving health equity for First Nations people

Wednesday, 27 March 2024
Elderly woman having her blood pressure measured.

Speaking to the National Indigenous Radio Service (Bumma Bippera Media) in support of the Close the Gap Campaign Report 2024, the Alliance Chief Executive Susi Tegen highlighted the need to achieve healthcare equity for the almost 61 per cent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples living in rural, regional and remote Australia.

“It has to be a priority because the disparities in health between Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations are enormous. We cannot continue to allow this gap not to be addressed,” Ms Tegen said.

Ms Tegen also spoke about the significant gap that exists in life expectancy between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians – 6.8 years for males and 6.5 years for females in rural areas. This gap grows even bigger as remoteness increases – to 12.4 years for both males and females.

“Addressing the health workforce shortage is one of the issues we need to address. We need to ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled organisations are supported to meet the targets for reform [regarding closing the gap],” she said.

Listen to the full interview:

©2023 National Rural Health Alliance | Privacy Policy & Collection Statement