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Contact: Schools Program Coordinator, Oxfam Australia
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Date: 17 March, 2016  

Intended Audience: Teachers and Principals

National Close the Gap Day is being held on Thursday 17 March 2016. It's Australia's largest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health campaign and a great way for students to learn about national health equality issues. Plus it's linked to the Australian Curriculum and a great way for teachers to tackle the cross-cutting priority of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures.

Last year, more than 92,000 students and teachers from 350 schools, including Pembroke School in Adelaide see picture attached, took part in National Close the Gap Day activities. Will your school join us to mark our milestone tenth anniversary next year?

In the past decade we've seen some significant improvements, including a big decline in infant mortality, improved access to vital health services for many people and big declines in the rates of smoking by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. As educators, we must continue to work together to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health equality becomes a reality by 2030 ― our students' generation.

Register now at to receive a free resource pack with Australian Curriculum aligned resources from Oxfam Australia. The resources are about empowering students to create and lead their own National Close the Gap Day events, while teaching them about the gap in health outcomes and how we can close it together.

But don't just take our word for it – Pembroke School can tell you all about their experience and why they've been a part of National Close the Gap Day for the past four years:
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And don't forget the Instagram student photo challenge! This annual challenge gives students the chance to creatively explore issues surrounding health equality, and share their vision with their peers around Australia. There are also great prizes to be won!

Schools like yours are critical to creating change, and we so please join us on Thursday 17th March 2016 to make it the biggest national day of action yet.

Register your class, year-level, or whole school now at