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We are asking people to share their views on the best way to ‘refresh’ the Closing the Gap agenda. Below are responses to the share your views questions, read on to see what others think.

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Anonymous
12 April 2018
What does Closing the Gap mean to you?
It is an initiative that has great potential and it means a lot.
Anonymous
12 April 2018
How can governments, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and businesses work more effectively together?
Communities need to be supported to empower themselves and address their own issues.
Anonymous
12 April 2018
How could the Closing the Gap targets better measure what is working and what is not?
Research has not been effective and the political face/ media portrayal of Aboriginal people has not been seen as significant to health and wellbeing.
Anonymous
12 April 2018
What indicators should governments focus on to best support the needs and aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples?
Culture is the most significant factor for health and wellbeing ...being secure and strong in culture is vital.
Anonymous
12 April 2018
Should Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture be incorporated in the Closing the Gap framework? How?
Yes, by working respectfully with community and assisting the cultural growth from the bottom up.
Anonymous
12 April 2018
What do you think are the key targets or commitments that should be measured in a refreshed Closing the Gap agenda?
Identify perpetration that impacts on Aboriginal wellbeing ... media and local bias and racism ... systemic bias in services and the funding of programs ... assistance to help communities articulate their problems ... alienation from country and culture ... trauma and resistant culture.
Anonymous
11 April 2018
How could the Closing the Gap targets better measure what is working and what is not?
Trying to put a white mainstream model into a different cultural setting and expecting it to work as it would do in a mainstream while society. CTG has been unfortunately positioned as a deficit model. Important to spend some $ to reposition it, strength is mentioned, great, what will that look like, how is mainstream media being brought on board with that? The function of Reconciliation Australia should be revisited and possibly used as a resource toward this further to the RAP program. I think the organisation is vastly underutilizes.
Anonymous
11 April 2018
What indicators should governments focus on to best support the needs and aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples?
Identity, self esteem and feeling they are contributing to the bigger picture. It needs to be holistic in approach. We cannot afford a them and us mentality from either side. Prosperity and wellbeing are important, these things overlap. A side issue that is important and will need to be addressed at some point, although it will be difficult and I can't imagine any government (other than hard right wing for all the wrong reasons), is the matter of identifying as Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander. It has been my observation that many people are identifying, census tells us up to 2.8% of the population. While this is fine, there should be a working toward; when you get down to say one 16th of your genetic heritage (similar to the USA and native North American Indian), that while you can identify you don't have access to the benefits, health and so on. This will help safeguard the funds directed toward CTG and other initiatives that support ATSI Australians going to where it is most needed, fairly and appropriately in agreement by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as to what that should be.
Anonymous
11 April 2018
Should Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture be incorporated in the Closing the Gap framework? How?
As in the comment below, safe community would encourage positive cultural practices. There would be different evaluation required between urban, rural and remote community groups, not so easy to do, other than language spoken to pick up in data collection. Perhaps culture needs to be identified by these groups and agreed on first of all before progressing further. What cultural practices would communities want included, what is happening in their local area, region, this can be documented in their community capability and capacity development planning. The community group can then provide feedback with regular update reporting.
Anonymous
11 April 2018
What do you think are the key targets or commitments that should be measured in a refreshed Closing the Gap agenda?
Safe community, very broad I know, however evaluation of communities, where they are at and where experiencing difficulty may not be too hard to document. This will then provide significant good news stories to support the move away from a deficit model to the one of strength mentioned in the discussion paper. Safe community must surely impact on school attendance, self esteem, cultural practices, mortality, reading, numeracy, writing and so on. It obviously has a massive environmental social impact. Local action, more young adult education together with realistic outcomes that can be achieved within communities around employment and other outcomes. Obviously this will vary between urban regional and remote groups.
Karen Hvidding
30 March 2018
Do you have any general comments?
In general, I am hoping that we will see some real changes occur in the next 10-20 years for ATSI communities.
Karen Hvidding
30 March 2018
What does Closing the Gap mean to you?
I am non-Aboriginal and I am concerned about the welfare of ATSI community children. I do not think they should have to suffer harm if we can find a way to respond to the problems that are causing so much violence and abuse.
Karen Hvidding
30 March 2018
How can governments, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and businesses work more effectively together?
The government needs more collaboration with communities. There should be many Aboriginal ways to have a voice in decision making. There needs to be a creation of a job market for ATSI communities to use their strengths.
Karen Hvidding
30 March 2018
How could the Closing the Gap targets better measure what is working and what is not?
I do not know.
Karen Hvidding
30 March 2018
What indicators should governments focus on to best support the needs and aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples?
I think that ATSI communities need to address the issue of sexual abuse in remote communities.
Karen Hvidding
30 March 2018
Should Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture be incorporated in the Closing the Gap framework? How?
Yes. There should be focus groups all over the country that have discussions every month and contribute to what is working well and what needs changing. If it is taken from the ground up and real changes are made, bit by bit the communties will grow into health.
Karen Hvidding
30 March 2018
What do you think are the key targets or commitments that should be measured in a refreshed Closing the Gap agenda?
More research on brain injury in ATSI communities conducted by Aboriginal people.
Emma
29 March 2018
What indicators should governments focus on to best support the needs and aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples?
Tertiary education retention and completion needs to be more accessible. The placement periods of a degree often mean people dropping out because they can not complete the unpaid hours on top of their work commitments to pay their bills for themselves and their families, and their carers commitments to their children, parents and other community members.
Emma
29 March 2018
What do you think are the key targets or commitments that should be measured in a refreshed Closing the Gap agenda?
Education at ALL levels, including tertiary level to completion.
Toby McLeay
29 March 2018
Do you have any general comments?
I attended a CTG Refresh meeting in Perth yesterday and heard many ideas and views on the nature of the problems and strategies to overcome them. I would like to add two related issues that were not mentioned that I think are fundamental and are of particular importance in remote areas. That is the consideration of nutrition and dental health. In remote store accessibility to fresh and affordable food is difficult. Availability is compromised by transport issues, with fresh vegetables arriving withered and mouldy. Freight costs have prices in my town of Wiluna triple those of city prices. Stocking practices are subject to the whim of store operators whose priority is likely to be financial and whose nutritional knowledge may be poor. In such regions there should at least be freight subsidies and also the option to improve job opportunities by encouraging local market garden enterprises. An allied issue is that of universally poor dental health and lack of access to services. While we do have a visiting dentist in Wiluna, there are many people who need referral to Perth for treatment. the PATS scheme does not fund this and those services are essentially not available to us.
Linda Augusto
19 March 2018
Do you have any general comments?
It is very worth reviewing James Fitzpatricks work on Patches - search youtube Ted talk. What is evident is his commitment, drive for the children, partnership with community and support for families engagement that has made this research and project a success. Perhaps a similar approach to achieve closing the gap is needed for greater success.
Linda Augusto
19 March 2018
What does Closing the Gap mean to you?
Eliminating the effects of intergenerational trauma.
Linda Augusto
19 March 2018
How can governments, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and businesses work more effectively together?
Working together with local indigenous communities - that is a no brainer! Making the outcomes relevant https://youtu.be/bMfBeotD8gc
Linda Augusto
19 March 2018
How could the Closing the Gap targets better measure what is working and what is not?
Let’s focus on what is working and if not what we can do differently.
Linda Augusto
19 March 2018
What indicators should governments focus on to best support the needs and aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples?
Reconciliation and response from the government and Non Indigenous Communities.
Linda Augusto
19 March 2018
Should Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture be incorporated in the Closing the Gap framework? How?
YES..... ask them. The Elders will be a wealth of information
Linda Augusto
19 March 2018
What do you think are the key targets or commitments that should be measured in a refreshed Closing the Gap agenda?
See all of the above......
Prudence R Brown
10 March 2018
Do you have any general comments?
This submission draws firstly on my knowledge and experience gained as a public servant with direct experience in areas of Indigenous policy at Commonwealth and State levels. Secondly, it draws on my recently completed major research project examining how and why the partnership model has been so difficult to implement.
Prudence R Brown
10 March 2018
What does Closing the Gap mean to you?
I believe that the strategy is based on the genuine desire to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander wellbeing, but is flawed in assumptions and program logics. These views are based on my 16 years of working in Indigenous policy at the state and national levels and my current research agenda as a PhD student at the University of Queensland.
Prudence R Brown
10 March 2018
How can governments, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and businesses work more effectively together?
A strategic policy framework not grounded in deficit and accounting is essential to changing the relationship between government and community. The strategy needs to be a long term vision separate from statistics, and grounded in the aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Community capacity is not the only issue - there are also significant issues with government capacity (see attached file).
Prudence R Brown
10 March 2018
How could the Closing the Gap targets better measure what is working and what is not?
What has worked well under Closing the Gap? Keeping a spotlight on Indigenous issues. What has not worked well? • Engendering a shift in the way that governments work with Indigenous interests – making the shift away from “doing to” to “doing with”. • Recognising the role of government in the ongoing failure of initiatives – constantly focussing on Indigenous capacity gaps and not recognising government capacity gaps.
Prudence R Brown
10 March 2018
What indicators should governments focus on to best support the needs and aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples?
The main issue is to move away from a deficit focus to a strengths focus. However, there are many others better qualified to comment on this in detail.
Prudence R Brown
10 March 2018
Should Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture be incorporated in the Closing the Gap framework? How?
If the priorities reflect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander priorities, and not mainstream aspirations, then culture will be incorporated. It should not be seen as somehow separate from other priorities.
Prudence R Brown
10 March 2018
What do you think are the key targets or commitments that should be measured in a refreshed Closing the Gap agenda?
Attention also needs to be paid to governments being able to work differently. All evaluations of recent whole of government initiatives have noted this is something that does not receive enough attention. As noted in the program evaluation report on the National Partnership Agreement on Remote Service Delivery: "A critical challenge is how to ensure that governments’ natural inclination to focus on service delivery issues does not hinder its capacity for deeper and more sustained engagement with Indigenous communities, or divert its attention from community capacity-building. Greater success in engaging and building Indigenous communities will require government officers in remote areas to learn new ways of working, embracing community development methodologies" (p49).
Gail Gardner
1 March 2018
Do you have any general comments?
Yes, thank you Chris. I believe that there has to be a big, big, very big change in attitude of whites towards Indigenous people and sometimes it is the same for Indigenous people towards whites. One cannot legislate for attitudinal change but education, positive news reports from both sides works reasonably well. Change is happening for people with disabilities after hundreds of years of mistreatment in asylums, etc.,
Gail Gardner
1 March 2018
What does Closing the Gap mean to you?
It means our coming together - both Indigenous people and people from other diverse backgrounds with whites.
Gail Gardner
1 March 2018
How can governments, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and businesses work more effectively together?
For the 1st question a lot of work is required especially from government. As whites we put our ideas forward and government does very little, though it does pretend and then loses interest.
Gail Gardner
1 March 2018
How could the Closing the Gap targets better measure what is working and what is not?
I think there are missed opportunities on both sides. One only has to note the disparity between Indigenous groups when working on the Makarrata Statement and the lack of action by government and whites on the whole towards this amazing document.
Gail Gardner
1 March 2018
What indicators should governments focus on to best support the needs and aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples?
Governments should focus on all diverse communities working together,
Corinne Feldmann
22 February 2018
What does Closing the Gap mean to you?
Long overview equality for our first peoples
Corinne Feldmann
22 February 2018
How can governments, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and businesses work more effectively together?
the inclusion of aboriginal learning to the Australian curriculum. Greater understanding of how aboriginal people learn and apply knowledge. Greater emphasis on how aboriginal people manage their community and environment, how they learnt through interaction, sharing stories and maintaining a connection to their culture - not a mix
Corinne Feldmann
22 February 2018
How could the Closing the Gap targets better measure what is working and what is not?
The AIME program Collaboration with aboriginal peoples needs to improve, identifying and including what do they want for their people
Corinne Feldmann
22 February 2018
What indicators should governments focus on to best support the needs and aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples?
What do aboriginal people indicate as measure so success in their communities? We should not impose "white" measures of success on an indigenous peoples
Corinne Feldmann
22 February 2018
Should Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture be incorporated in the Closing the Gap framework? How?
Yes - local, regional and national actions groups - ask for volunteers
Corinne Feldmann
22 February 2018
What do you think are the key targets or commitments that should be measured in a refreshed Closing the Gap agenda?
genuine collaboration with aboriginal peoples to develop realistic scaffolded tasks to meet identified targets explicit strategies , practices and processes that are clearly communicated about how to meet identified targets across key areas ensure assessment of aboriginal children and young peoples abilities and skills is relative to their culture, not standard English assessment promotions of aboriginal excellence, mandatory teachings of aboriginal education and culture (by indigenous peoples) inclusion of sorry day and the implications of the stolen generation to build empathy and awareness
Hedley vogt
19 February 2018
Do you have any general comments?
some good work has been still more to do .More with youth jobs education self pride of who they are . One question I have how come the Aboriginal and Torres strait Islander flags are not inside the upper and lower houses of parliament ?
Hedley vogt
19 February 2018
What does Closing the Gap mean to you?
It means bringing things closer health education healing from the past so all can be one . opportunities for the Indigenous can break down the barriers . so we can proud of where we come from and can see we are going making opportunities to make things equal . more wok in helping the stolen generation to heal learn culture
Hedley vogt
19 February 2018
How can governments, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and businesses work more effectively together?
consult with communities give job opportunities be honest do what they say they going to do .More indigenous involved in issues equal in promotions training encourage communities look after there own issues help encourage self leadership partnerships encouragement support give communities opportunities to be proud teach culture
Hedley vogt
19 February 2018
How could the Closing the Gap targets better measure what is working and what is not?
working consulting with elders making progress with health
Hedley vogt
19 February 2018
What indicators should governments focus on to best support the needs and aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples?
question 1 yes they should use those indicators as well face to face consults out in communities so they are aware of issues before they polices or deacons on what they going to do . Education health social well being some issues still the drink drugs high unemployment rates self worth getting or concerting to culture . Some deal with working in two cultures
Hedley vogt
19 February 2018
Should Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture be incorporated in the Closing the Gap framework? How?
culture always should be incorporated in frame work it is what makes the nations
Hedley vogt
19 February 2018
What do you think are the key targets or commitments that should be measured in a refreshed Closing the Gap agenda?
yes help communities develop maintain their own programs self govern
Anonymous
16 February 2018
Do you have any general comments?
A genuine commitment by Australian governments to ensuring equality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in health and life expectancy, education and employment opportunities is long overdue. Social Justice for these people needs to regarded as a right.
Anonymous
16 February 2018
What does Closing the Gap mean to you?
A/A
Anonymous
16 February 2018
How can governments, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and businesses work more effectively together?
A genuine commitment and will by Australian governments to implement socially just strategies to ensure equality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in health and life expectancy, education and employment.
Anonymous
16 February 2018
What indicators should governments focus on to best support the needs and aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples?
Equality in health and life expectancy, education and employment
Anonymous
16 February 2018
Should Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture be incorporated in the Closing the Gap framework? How?
It is essential to incorporate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture in the framework in order for strategies to be appropriate and relevant to their needs.
Anonymous
16 February 2018
What do you think are the key targets or commitments that should be measured in a refreshed Closing the Gap agenda?
Key targets of equality in health and life expectancy, education and employment and measurement of outcomes. Essential are: Research into these needs in collaboration with these communities and, outcome measurements.
Anonymous
8 February 2018
Do you have any general comments?
There is a serious inequity in safe and adequate emergency response to acute illness, domestic violence and accidents in remote locations where Aborigonal people live out of hours. We are supposedly a developed nation. It is a disgrace, that such appalling resources and funding exists which disallows appropriate health care where required psrticularly in wet communities!
Anonymous
8 February 2018
What does Closing the Gap mean to you?
Reduction in health disparities and inequities is key to a civilized and socially just, developed nation. I want to be proud of my country and changing the date of Australia day would reinforce the genuine essence of sorry for post-colonization grief!
Anonymous
8 February 2018
How can governments, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and businesses work more effectively together?
Have meetings with the everyday health workers and Educators (keeping it real) like remote area nurses in the field, school teachets in the field and other key stakeholders, elders, consumers of care of various ages and pertinent government ministries
Anonymous
8 February 2018
How could the Closing the Gap targets better measure what is working and what is not?
A recognition of serious issues and an attempt to work at minimizing them. Provision of healthy breakfast and lunch at school. What hasnt worked well- Health workers all white Australians rather than Aboriginal workforce is not good where organisations have been created. Language barriers and dominance of white persons with dispassion for energetic health care exists in remote locations.
Anonymous
8 February 2018
What indicators should governments focus on to best support the needs and aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples?
Governments should focus on the desires of the people living within the community. Have surveys and ask. Fishing is important. Prosperity could be gained by commercial fishing that is so enjoyed and provide enthusiasm and productivity and employment. Turtle farming and nake money from exporting it. An Indigenous delicacy, how good would that be? Other issues are the same as non-indigenous communities i.e. to feel safe, food security, purpose, housing, job security. Get creative and thinking of industries that would grow something. For eg. Vertical farming! And sadly the levels of poverty within this demographic is appalling. Build nicer health facilities closer to where communities reside with adequate staff and resources. As per Education "build it and they will come" build infrastructure for closer to communities where people reside- high school boarding schools and universities to allow families to visit and students to go home on week-ends.
Anonymous
8 February 2018
Should Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture be incorporated in the Closing the Gap framework? How?
Absolutely. Close that gap encorporating favoured cultural activities to prosper from it- art, fishing, sport, building own homes to allow empowerement and design to their cultural preference.
Anonymous
8 February 2018
What do you think are the key targets or commitments that should be measured in a refreshed Closing the Gap agenda?
Satisfying employment, chronic disease reduction, reduction of alcohol consumption, reduction in smoking prevalence. Achieved by formal and structed education at primary school age within curriculum to improve healthy lifedtyle choices learni g of consequenfes of smoking and hazards of drugs and alcohol. Enough data has heen collected over several decades. Action now not furthet comtemplation. Employ Elders, Aunties and Uncles in the community to deliver education!
Roger Callen
7 February 2018
Do you have any general comments?
Its essential to give indigenous groups more power in governance at all levels and to provide work opportunities. Distribution of funds and the nature of initiatives must be driven and controlled by indigenous groups. A uniform guaranteed wage payment for every citizen would help and is being trialled in several countries.
Roger Callen
7 February 2018
What does Closing the Gap mean to you?
Equality in housing and job opportunities, health, stopping high incarceration rates and combatting entrenched prejudice among the non- indigenous.
Roger Callen
7 February 2018
How can governments, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and businesses work more effectively together?
Give access to appropriate expertise without cost and place power of decision making in the hands of the communities. Provide guaranteed ongoing funding which does not peter out with changes of government and cannot be raided for funding other unrelated issues.
Roger Callen
7 February 2018
How could the Closing the Gap targets better measure what is working and what is not?
Not being an indigenous person I cannot answer this appropriately.
Roger Callen
7 February 2018
What indicators should governments focus on to best support the needs and aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples?
Ask them. I think the most important issues are entrenched racism and attitudes, and lack of a serious will among politicians to solve the issues, lack of guaranteed ongoing funding, and lack of poltical power in indigenous communities. There must be an indigenous parliament with autonomy and teeth.
Roger Callen
7 February 2018
Should Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture be incorporated in the Closing the Gap framework? How?
Thats a strange question - surely it is fundamental to include it otherwise solutions wont be relevant.
Roger Callen
7 February 2018
What do you think are the key targets or commitments that should be measured in a refreshed Closing the Gap agenda?
Guaranteed ongoing funding, and fund management skills. The ability to set accountability and funding targets as determined by the communities themselves. The logistics to bring people together for decision- making. These things will be known by the communities themselves. Support for remote communities as well as urban.
Joe Lane
2 February 2018
Do you have any general comments?
The 2016 Census counted nearly forty eight thousand Indigenous university graduates, a huge rise since the twenty nine thousand graduates counted in 2011. If those figures are accurate, then around four thousand Indigenous people re graduating each year, so by the end of last year, total graduate numbers reached fifty six thousand. Surely this is something to shout from the roof-tops ? As well, around forty per cent of Indigenous households either own or are paying off their own homes, double what it was only ten or so years ago. At current rates, by 2030, there could be one hundred thousand Indigenous university graduates, one in every five or six adults, and two-thirds of Indigenous households will be owned or being paid off. Details of the latest higher education data can be found on: www.firstsources.info. - on the Higher Education Page.
Jarban ) Les Atkinson
25 January 2018
Do you have any general comments?
yes although in education our standards have also risen so has the rest in higher eduction , we still remain behind .
Jarban ) Les Atkinson
25 January 2018
What does Closing the Gap mean to you?
the gap in so called health , whealth , hosing affordbility jobs (not just contract or casual but sustainable employement
Jarban ) Les Atkinson
25 January 2018
How can governments, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and businesses work more effectively together?
More dialog , us that choose to gain higher education , housing and employment must be free of lateral viloince vie both sides black and white ,
Jarban ) Les Atkinson
25 January 2018
How could the Closing the Gap targets better measure what is working and what is not?
at times it is tick a box approach , although welcome and aknowledgement to country is becominf some what tiresome in some circles , get to mean more culterl knowledge days and respcting the difference
Jarban ) Les Atkinson
25 January 2018
What indicators should governments focus on to best support the needs and aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples?
for some basic life skills budgetting and general lifestyle changes within an education setting being aborigianl percific
Jarban ) Les Atkinson
25 January 2018
Should Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture be incorporated in the Closing the Gap framework? How?
Yes with culteral awareness progrmas run on country , conected community days /
Jarban ) Les Atkinson
25 January 2018
What do you think are the key targets or commitments that should be measured in a refreshed Closing the Gap agenda?
alow community ownership and make sustainable jobs creatuion
Melissa
16 January 2018
Do you have any general comments?
I wish there was more programs for all indigenous kids not just kids who
Melissa
16 January 2018
What does Closing the Gap mean to you?
Given vulnerable indiginous kids a chance
Melissa
16 January 2018
How can governments, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and businesses work more effectively together?
Definitely look at young struggling indiginous kids with disabilities as they are the ones suffering physically
Melissa
16 January 2018
How could the Closing the Gap targets better measure what is working and what is not?
Deadly choices program is good but the kids camps are really hard to get into kids needing the most help aren't getting any help
Melissa
16 January 2018
What indicators should governments focus on to best support the needs and aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples?
Support for indiginous with disabilities kids with no family's' kids who are isolated
Melissa
16 January 2018
Should Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture be incorporated in the Closing the Gap framework? How?
Yes it is good
Melissa
16 January 2018
What do you think are the key targets or commitments that should be measured in a refreshed Closing the Gap agenda?
Relationships for indigenous youth need and kids with disabilities needs addressing
Dr Joseph Fleming
9 January 2018
What does Closing the Gap mean to you?
It means that in reality, on the ground there is no disparity between ATSI health and wellbeing compared to non-ATSI population in AUSTRALIA
Dr Joseph Fleming
9 January 2018
How can governments, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and businesses work more effectively together?
There is only one answrer to this which is to give communities total control of health and wellbeing services.
Dr Joseph Fleming
9 January 2018
How could the Closing the Gap targets better measure what is working and what is not?
Worked well is raising awareness of the poor standard of health care and wellbeing for firts nations people in Australia Not worked well is that we still have too many levels that prevent services reaching those that need it the most
Dr Joseph Fleming
9 January 2018
What indicators should governments focus on to best support the needs and aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples?
Community development approach at holsitic level. You cannot have improved health without proper sanitation or employment opportunities. Most important is self-governing
Dr Joseph Fleming
9 January 2018
Should Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture be incorporated in the Closing the Gap framework? How?
Imperitive that it encapsulates culture. How - ask the community
Dr Joseph Fleming
9 January 2018
What do you think are the key targets or commitments that should be measured in a refreshed Closing the Gap agenda?
Reduction of preventable diseases
Anonymous
8 January 2018
Do you have any general comments?
Need more Speech Pathology services! To deliver a lot of program s to encourage narratives and oral language skills
Anonymous
8 January 2018
What does Closing the Gap mean to you?
Creating equal opportunities for all people
Anonymous
8 January 2018
How could the Closing the Gap targets better measure what is working and what is not?
- Using numerical data AND community member stories
Anonymous
8 January 2018
Should Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture be incorporated in the Closing the Gap framework? How?
Yes! Story sharing, land links, community links are all integral in supporting closing the gap. people need to be interested in programs with culturally appropriate material, otherwise they won't engage. Indigenous people need to be on the program meetings/board/planning process etc.
Anonymous
8 January 2018
What do you think are the key targets or commitments that should be measured in a refreshed Closing the Gap agenda?
- Giving them the information are asking opinions on what will work for their communities - Supporting them through time, money and resources to build their communities
Glen Duncan snr
8 January 2018
Do you have any general comments?
Lots more hard work to be done in our communities and we need to further develop our young peoples knowledge, skills and ability to speak on behalf of their families and elders. we also need to ensure Aboriginal & Torres Strait people are not left behind with the digital divide and technology.
Glen Duncan snr
8 January 2018
What does Closing the Gap mean to you?
Raising the current levels of disadvantage in all areas, so our kids can succeed in any profession or occupation that they may chose.
Glen Duncan snr
8 January 2018
How can governments, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and businesses work more effectively together?
Partnerships & Collaboration - people working together for the common goal of improving outcomes across all sectors, especially EDUCATION which is vital for us to move forward. Monitoring Outcomes - regular reviews of programs and outcomes achieved. If organisations are not servicing the community and making positive changes, than the department should be look at other providers to deliver contract or amend policy to ensure constant improvement.
Glen Duncan snr
8 January 2018
How could the Closing the Gap targets better measure what is working and what is not?
Feedback - honest feedback from all stakeholders Reporting - department to provide statistics and data on every community, and outcomes achieved to date. Local Recommendations - Elders and community leaders to be engaged in all areas on the consultation process.
Glen Duncan snr
8 January 2018
What indicators should governments focus on to best support the needs and aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples?
Education & Mental Health
Glen Duncan snr
8 January 2018
Should Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture be incorporated in the Closing the Gap framework? How?
Definitely - it won't work with culture
Glen Duncan snr
8 January 2018
What do you think are the key targets or commitments that should be measured in a refreshed Closing the Gap agenda?
We need to look at communities on an individual basis, and develop customised programs, utilising local data from ABS and CENSUS. Customised and tailored programs will achieve the outcomes required, if the community has by in and are consistently engaged in closing the gaps strategies and programs.
Anonymous
3 January 2018
Do you have any general comments?
We need to look after our indigenous people better and give them a greater voice in our Governments Federal/State and local in decision making for their communities. Improve attendance at school and training for indigenous youth to find work easier and most importantly improve access to health and mental services for the indigenous community
Anonymous
3 January 2018
What does Closing the Gap mean to you?
Improving Australia as a whole
Anonymous
3 January 2018
How can governments, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and businesses work more effectively together?
More representation in governments by indigenous peoples
Anonymous
3 January 2018
How could the Closing the Gap targets better measure what is working and what is not?
Youth services needs to be improved and education. I firmly believe that the Government as wasted millions of dollars that could have been better spent if consultation had been with community leaders
Anonymous
3 January 2018
What indicators should governments focus on to best support the needs and aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples?
Governments need to target health and education, financial management as important indicators
Anonymous
3 January 2018
Should Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture be incorporated in the Closing the Gap framework? How?
Yes, it is very important for not only indigenous people but for the whole of the Australian community to retain the indigenous culture, it will keep us grounded as a Nation
Anonymous
3 January 2018
What do you think are the key targets or commitments that should be measured in a refreshed Closing the Gap agenda?
We need to target better health plans, Better education and training progress Job assistance
aimee harris
3 January 2018
Do you have any general comments?
More funding and support regarding holistic services need to be provided to the indigenous community. Also more training for authorities need to be provided for culturally safe practices to avoid racial profiling.
aimee harris
3 January 2018
What does Closing the Gap mean to you?
It means that Indigenous and Torres Strait Island cultures are protected and can prosper with culturally appropriate services. Closing the gap also is a massive step for creating equality in our country and being a country that provides for its people.
aimee harris
3 January 2018
How can governments, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and businesses work more effectively together?
More training and awareness needs to be provided to non-indigenous services so they can be competent and respectful when dealing with indigenous people and services. More funding and focus needs to be in place.
aimee harris
3 January 2018
How could the Closing the Gap targets better measure what is working and what is not?
Listen to services such as NACCHO and work with them to listen to what are overall and significant issues.
aimee harris
3 January 2018
What indicators should governments focus on to best support the needs and aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples?
I believe that the most important issues are encouraging holistic and cultural services rather then general western practices.
aimee harris
3 January 2018
Should Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture be incorporated in the Closing the Gap framework? How?
Yes there should be a massive interaction between Indigenous people/ service and the movement of Closing the Gap is to represent the community so it needs to be contributed mainly by indigenous communities.
aimee harris
3 January 2018
What do you think are the key targets or commitments that should be measured in a refreshed Closing the Gap agenda?
Listen to services that represent culture such as AMS and NACCHO to find out the direct information.
Anonymous
21 December 2017
Do you have any general comments?
Education system requires all staff to recieve mandatory cultural competency and an appreciation of local traditional custodians to assist staff with communicating effectively with their students
Anonymous
21 December 2017
What does Closing the Gap mean to you?
It means the education system is assessed on its cultural competency to effectively engage, connect and teach students in the western system with Indigenous students.
Anonymous
21 December 2017
How can governments, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and businesses work more effectively together?
By becoming innovative and involving the local community to become part of the education solution. Working with local community initiatives, community Elders, mentors and leaders
Anonymous
21 December 2017
How could the Closing the Gap targets better measure what is working and what is not?
Outside of school academic results and attendance. Evaulate social innovation, community engagement student responses to programs that encourage school participation.
Anonymous
21 December 2017
What indicators should governments focus on to best support the needs and aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples?
Wellbeing of students and community engagements. Educators participation in Indigenous programs in and out of school term.
Anonymous
21 December 2017
Should Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture be incorporated in the Closing the Gap framework? How?
Yes. It is critical. Culturally enriched activities need to intertwine into western approaches. For example the BROLGA Program of CQUniversity connecting to schools, university, community and government with a strong element of culture
Anonymous
21 December 2017
What do you think are the key targets or commitments that should be measured in a refreshed Closing the Gap agenda?
Ensuring educators are consistent in meeting the targets and commitments and importantly are adhered and followed through.