Close the Gap Week 2012

This March, WILDFIRE Mildura had a great time raising awareness for Oxfam’s Close the Gap campaign. Close the Gap is a national program aiming to achieve health equality for Indigenous Australians within a generation. The federal government’s financial commitment to the project expires in 2013, making it more crucial than ever that Australians continue to show their support.

Our week (19th-23rd March) of activities began on Monday with committee members tagging the Mildura Base Hospital with Close the Gap posters and balloons. But this was only a taste of what was to come!

On Wednesday, the third years gathered to watch a DVD on the Close the Gap campaign, followed by a yummy morning tea provided by the Mildura Regional Clinical School. We also got a production line going making pins to be distributed on Close the Gap Day (Thursday), closely overlooked by Kavya & Emma who had given up their Sunday to engineer our badge design!

On Thursday, WILDFIRE had a stall and display set up in the main foyer of the hospital. Students spent the day explaining the Close the Gap campaign to hospital staff & visitors, handing out pins and encouraging people to sign the pledge forms showing support for the initiative.

Caitlin had done an amazing job collating information on local health services available to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people, which we also displayed at the stall.

By midday, over 100 pins had been distributed and were seen all over the hospital, from the canteen staff to the consultants!  This day was a resounding success, as most of the people we spoke to hadn’t known what Close the Gap was about.

Big thanks go to all the 3rd years and Amber & Hieu (5th yr) for manning the stall and making the badges. Well done everyone for a fantastic week!