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National Close the Gap Day

Thursday, March 19, 2015


On National Close the Gap Day, the Conversations Matter team at the Hunter Institute of Mental Health reflect on the health and wellbeing of Australia’s First People and its commitment to closing the gap through all aspects of the project’s development.

Conversations Matter is currently working alongside community organisations and members, to progress resources that encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to have safe and informed conversations about suicide. Some key activities for the project in this area have included:

  • Increased engagement with the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council (AH&MRC) including a training and consultation session with Bringing Them Home Social and Emotional Wellbeing workers from across New South Wales in December 2014;
  • Training session with the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers Association at their professional networking forum in Tamworth;
  • Ongoing engagement and consultation with community members and stakeholders from the Awabakal, Biripi and Gomeroi communities.

These resources are based on three consultation reports, released on National Close the Gap Day in 2014, which detail the needs and views of Aboriginal people when discussing suicide.

Conversations Matter acknowledges the need for ongoing partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and organisations, and thanks members of the Aboriginal communities who have contributed to the development of the project thus far.

Further information about National Close the Gap Day can be found via:
Oxfam Australia: 
NACCHO website: