The Midland Information, Debt, & Legal Advocacy Service Inc (MIDLAS) are excited to be a part of this Thursday’s, the 21st of March, celebrations. What celebrations? What is happening you ask? This Thursday marks The National Close the Gap Day, Harmony Day, and The United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. MIDLAS stands by our Indigenous, and culturally diverse communities, particularly those in the North East of Perth, and are excited to be a part of these awareness raising festivities.

Since the launch in 2006, the National Close the Gap day is Australia’s largest campaign to improve Indigenous health. With Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people still experiencing shorter life expectancies, an average of 10-17 years less than non-Indigenous Australians, suffering higher rates of nutritional and dietary related chronic diseases, including diabetes, and with the Indigenous infant death rate being three times the rate of the non-indigenous population, MIDLAS joins in the campaign to see this reversed throughout Australia. For a healthy and strong Australia, we need to close the Gap. With Close the Gap events happening all over the state, we hope to see you there! Please click here to view the Oxfam list of events near you. As well, for more information regarding this campaign, please visit the Oxfam website.

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