Suncare Community Services and the Nandjimadji Art Group joined the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) Indigenous Services Branch for the National Close the Gap Day on 16 March.
Carer Support Project Coordinator Christina Fletcher, Marketing Coordinator Vicky Gray and Support Worker Tania Van-Ierssel held a stall to showcase Suncare’s services and took the opportunity to display artwork from the Nandjimadji Art Group.
The art attracted much attention and many conversations were sparked, including interest from Tori Pearson, Director of Indigenous Perspectives at USC, for the possibility of commissioning artwork for her law student’s association.
Christina Fletcher, Aunty Betty McMahon and several Nandjimadji artists attended the Brasserie Stage and lawn, where Brent Miller opened the event with a Welcome to Country ceremony.
Karyn Baker from USC's Indigenous Services introduced guest speakers including Dr Mark Copland who spoke about the forced removals in the modern world; a hard-hitting topic which held the attention of many students, attendees and lecturers.
Chris Gorrie from Queensland Health also spoke about breaking down the barriers for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the health system.
National Close the Gap Day was a call to action for all Australians to take measurable steps in achieving equality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People. With many sectors and the community working together for meaningful change, this government strategy aims to reduce disadvantage among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders with respect to life expectancy, child mortality, health, educational achievement and employment outcomes.