Join with Oxfam to help make Indigenous health equality a reality

What’s happening?

More than 200 years of institutionalised dispossession, racism and discrimination have left Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People with the lowest levels of education, the highest levels of unemployment, the poorest health and the most appalling housing conditions. Most Australians enjoy one of the highest life expectancies of any country in the world — but this is not true for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can expect to live 10–17 years less than other Australians. Babies born to Aboriginal mothers die at more than twice the rate of other Australian babies, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experience higher rates of preventable illness such as heart disease, kidney disease and diabetes.

Oxfam’s efforts

Oxfam have played a lead role in transforming the Close the Gap campaign for Indigenous Health Equality from a popular campaign to a force that is shaping government policy by working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations to hold our government to account.

The Close the Gap campaign has achieved a tremendous amount since its launch by Cathy Freeman and Ian Thorpe in 2006. These outcomes include:

  • a commitment by government and all major political parties to take action through the formal signing of the Statement of Intent
  • allocation of additional health funding through COAG; and
  • a stated intention to work in partnership with Indigenous health organisations and communities.

Supporting Oxfam

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care agency providing services in Sydney, including the greater metropolitan areas, Central Coast and parts of the Hunter region of NSW, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people in NSW, including contemporary, quality, family-based foster care and effective and specialist support services to children and young people and their families. PRFC operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

Have you considered fostering a young one? PRFC undertakes regular planning and evaluation and has a focus on personal development and training. We are always interested in hearing from those passionate about making a meaningful difference for a child in foster care or a family requiring assistance. If you would like to become a foster carer and join our team providing effective and meaningful care to children and young people, please contact us!

We also provide family contact services, and these specialize in contact supervision for children in out of home care with their parents and other significant family members.

We can be reached at mail@phoenixrising.org.au

Learn more about our foster care agency in NSW at www.phoenixrising.org.au

How you can help

Change will take a generation. We need sustained action from Federal and State Governments. The Close the Gap Coalition — a grouping of Indigenous and non-Indigenous health and community organisations — together with nearly 200,000 Australians is calling on governments to take real, measurable action to achieve Indigenous health equality by 2030.

Take action now and support Indigenous health equality:

https://www.oxfam.org.au/what-we-do/indigenous-australia/close-the-gap/

 

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