Oxfam Australia‘s activist group, Close The Gap, is rolling out an advertising campaign telling the nation’s leaders there is no quick fix to Aboriginal health problems. The billboard and poster campaign coincides with the Australian federal government’s measures to detect and deal with child abuse in Northern Territory Aboriginal communities. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that it is possible that some of the people depicted in these posters may have since passed away.
The Close The Gap campaign is concentrating on the fact that there is a 17-year life expectancy gap between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians. Each poster includes the line, “Demand indigenous health equality”.
The poster campaign, launched at the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, calls on Australian governments to take action to achieve health equality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders within 25 years. This can be achieved through increasing annual Indigenous health funding by $460 million to enable equal access to health services, supporting Indigenous responsibility through their control and participation in the delivery of health and other services, and addressing critical social issues such as poor housing, nutrition and education which contribute to the Indigenous health crisis.
Photography in the first three posters is by Australian social documentary photographer Wayne Quilliam, Oxfam Australia. The fourth and fifth posters were by Australian editorial photographer Jerry Galea.
The Oxfam Close The Gap photography campaign is being made available to the public in a travelling exhibition:
Western Australia from 14-28 July 2007. Showcase Space Art Gallery, Central TAFE, Cnr Aberdeen and Beaufort St, Northbridge.
ACT from 6-17 August 2007. Venue to be confirmed.
New South Wales from 20-31 August 2007. Venue to be confirmed.