Invitation – final day – National Indigenous Health Equality Summit, March 20, Canberra

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HREOC Mailing List Service
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Indigenous Issues
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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

We invite you to attend the final day of the National Indigenous Health Equality Summit, to be held in the Great Hall of Parliament House Canberra, on 20 March 2008, from 9.00 am – 12 noon.

The Summit is the culmination of the two-year Campaign for Indigenous Health Equality, undertaken by a Coalition of over 40 concerned national bodies under the leadership of Tom Calma, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health peak bodies (the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation; the Australian Indigenous Doctor’s Association; and the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses) as well as other peak bodies such as Oxfam Australia; the National Heart Foundation Australia, the Fred Hollows Foundation, and Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation (ANTaR).


You may have heard of us already, seen the ‘Close the Gap’ billboards in airports and other promotional material, or heard the phrase ‘Close the Gap’ used. That is the public face of who we are, and what we are doing. The Campaign has also involved many months of preparation, including working with Australian governments, to close the life expectation and health status gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

On the day, the Minister for Health and Ageing, other members of the government and Opposition, as well as Olympians Catherine Freeman and Ian Thorpe will join with Summit participants in discussing the necessary actions to close the gap and achieve health equality for Indigenous peoples within a generation.

This event is open to all members of the public. We would appreciate if you could RSVP to assist us to ascertain numbers for catering. Please email: BrettHarrison@humanrights.gov.au .

We hope to see you there on this historic occasion.

Yours sincerely

Tom Calma
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner
Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission

Dr Mick Adams
Chair
National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation

Dr Tamara Mackean
President
Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association

Dr Sally Goold, OAM
Chair
Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses

Andrew Hewett
Executive Director
Oxfam Australia

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