The health status of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is considerably poorer than any other social group in Australia.
The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation recognises the nursing and midwifery professions play a significant role in improving the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and that addressing health inequality is a priority.
Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives
The ANMF supports and works with our colleagues who form the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives (CATSINaM). CATSINaM exists to represent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nurses, midwives, and students undertaking nursing and midwifery courses leading to registration and enrolment.
For further information on CATSINaM, visit their website.
Closing the Gap
Close the Gap is a campaign for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Equality. The campaign's goal is to close the health and life expectancy gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Australians within a generation.
The Close the Gap Coalition — a grouping of Indigenous and non-Indigenous health and community organisations — together with nearly 200,000 Australians is calling on governments to take real, measurable action to achieve Indigenous health equality by 2030.
The ANMF supports Australia’s commitment to closing the appalling 17 year life expectancy gap through implementation of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC*) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commissioner’s recommendations to achieve health equality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people within a generation.
Nurses and midwives provide frontline health services in many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and are committed to working in partnership with Aboriginal Health Workers, GPs and allied health professionals to deliver high quality, culturally appropriate health care services.
*HREOC - now known as the Australian Human Rights Commission.
For further information on the Close the Gap campaign go to: