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Closing the Credibility Gap 2013

Indigenous health leaders say co-payments must be scrapped, as new #noGPtax campaign launched

In growing opposition to Federal Budget health measures, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health leaders met in Canberra today for crisis talks about the implications of last week’s Federal Budget and have called for proposed GP and other co-payments to be scrapped, saying they risk widening the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous health. See their […]

Profiling some sporting success stories that are about so much more than kicking goals

In her final report from the recent Closing the Credibility Gap symposium in Melbourne, journalist Marie McInerney profiles some sporting initiatives that are helping to strengthen Aboriginal culture and wellbeing. Rumbalara Football Netball Club: more than sport at stake It took 15 years for the Rumbalara Football Netball Club in regional Victoria to be accepted into the […]

Tackling dementia in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities: a personal story of loss and transformation

The challenges of dementia for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities were highlighted in a powerful and deeply personal presentation to the recent Closing the Credibility Gap symposium in Melbourne. The symposium also heard of a range of resources available to help people find relevant information and resources, reports Marie McInerney, a journalist […]

Meet a scientific star, a thought-provoking graph, and a killer quote about teaching Indigenous health

The importance of providing supportive and culturally appropriate environments for Indigenous higher education students was highlighted at the Closing the Credibility Gap symposium held in Melbourne last week. Marie McInerney writes: Dr Misty Jenkins concedes her chances of being a star scientist were not high when she was attending Mt Clear Secondary College near Ballarat: female, Indigenous, […]

Are we moving towards yet "another failed experiment" in Indigenous affairs policy?

Ngiare Brown, Professor of Indigenous Health and Education at the University of Wollongong, has been appointed to the Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council. According to a statement from Tony Abbott, the Council will meet three times a year with the PM and senior ministers, and will inform the Government’s policy implementation. As reported previously at Croakey, Professor […]

Mob on the margins: getting the messages to services and those at risk

Marie McInerney reports from the Closing the Credibility Gap Symposium in Melbourne (which continues today):  Victorian Aboriginal health workers have been finding new ways to get messages on safe sex and clean drug injecting to many of the most marginalised in their communities where ‘shame and sharing’ meant many don’t discover the risks or seek […]

How do we build a health system that is not racist? (Start by taking this online test...)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders will be contributing to a “festival of ideas” at this public symposium kicking off in Melbourne today, Closing the Credibility Gap: Implementation of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013- 2023. Journalist Marie McInerney is covering the event for the Croakey Conference Reporting Service (you can read her preview, […]

Closing the "Credibility Gap" in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health

We hear a lot about Closing the Gap, but it is also important to address the “credibility gap” in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. This refers to the gap between what is promised and what is delivered on the ground, as well as the lag between the development and the uptake of evidence-based programs […]