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Close the Gap breakfast

Jenny Robertson and Michael Reynolds
29 June 2016


To recognise the importance of Close the Gap commitments, a breakfast was organised by the APA NSW Branch.

The NSW Branch was warmly welcomed by Blacktown Hospital on 31 March for the first Close the Gap breakfast to be organised by the Branch. Over 40 people attended, including APA members and the hospital’s physiotherapy department, to learn from Steve Randall, Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Officer at Deerubin Local Aboriginal Land Council, and Michael Reynolds, a NSW Branch Councillor and member of the APA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Committee.

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Steve helped local physiotherapists connect with the area, telling stories of the first peoples of the Sydney Basin and the artefacts still being discovered today. Michael discussed his journey to becoming an indigenous physiotherapist, and how the APA is working to ensure all people have access to physiotherapy.

The morning provided insights into the unique issues affecting poor outcomes in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and discussions were held on how we can work towards equality as part of individual efforts to ‘close the gap’.

For more information on how you can support the Close The Gap initiative, visit the Oxfam National Close the Gap Day page.

 

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