Missed targets in closing the gap
FAR Northern indigenous community advocates are not surprised the latest Closing the Gap report shows targets are not being met.
The annual report shows progress is only being made in the drive to increase the number of indigenous students completing Year 12.
But Ngoonbi Co-Operative Society chief executive Lionel Quartermaine said he doubted whether that was having any impact on reducing indigenous disadvantage.
“The Education Departments can say they have more indigenous students staying at school but are they transferring that into real education?
The report found targets were not on track to increase indigenous literacy and numeracy, general school attendance, life expectancy, employment or to reduce child mortality.
Wuchopperen Health Service acting chief executive Laurel McCarthy said, while her organisation was making progress with antenatal and postnatal health locally, her staff couldn’t “close the gap” on their own.
“One of the key obstacles ... is the continued state of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander disadvantage in terms of the social determinants of health such as employment, housing, education and exposure to racism and discrimination.”