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CQUniversity sizzles with conversation during ‘Close the Gap’ fundraiser

CQUniversity sizzles with conversation during ‘Close the Gap’ fundraiser

Published:17 March 2017

CQUniversity students and staff at the Rockhampton North campus came together for a fundraiser barbecue to raise awareness of the 'Close the Gap' campaign. Victoria Hutton (pictured) was one of the organisers, from the CQUni Physiotherapy Society.

The CQUniversity community gathered in solidarity on 16 March for a snag along with awareness and fundraising to support the national ‘Close the Gap campaign’.

Close the Gap is a coalition of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people and organisations, working together to achieve Indigenous health equality by 2030. This will not happen in one generation, and requires sustained, multi-generational effort.

Currently, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can expect to live between 10 and 17 years less than non-Indigenous Australians.

The CQUni Physiotherapy Society hosted a barbecue for staff and students at the Rockhampton North campus in a bid to raise awareness of the issue and show support for change.

CQUniversity’s Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement) and BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) Chair in Indigenous Engagement, Professor Bronwyn Fredericks said it was “terrific to see CQUniversity students engaging in the Close the Gap campaign”.

“Most Australians enjoy one of the highest life expectancies of any country in the world. This is not true for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians,” Prof Fredericks said.

“It inspires me and gives me hope that CQUniversity students, who are future health professionals, will work and push for this change in health equality until it is realised.”

For more information on the Close the Gap campaign visit https://probonoaustralia.com.au/news/2017/03/facts-close-gap/