Closing the Gap

Our First Nations health equity strategy sets out how we'll meet our goals to make sure First Nations peoples have equal access to health care.

Our strategy supports our health services plan and the agreement on Closing the Gap. Learn more about the national agreement on the Closing the Gap website.

We developed our strategy with First Nations peoples from our community through consultations and feedback.

Our focus

Our focus areas for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ health care is to:

  • improve life expectancy by 2031
  • increase the number of babies born at a healthy weight to 91%
  • significantly reduce the number of suicides.

Our First Nations Health steering committee monitors and considers cultural factors as we work towards improving health care equity.

Read our First Nations health equity strategy 2022–2025 [PDF 5398.36 KB] to learn more.  Our Implementation Plan [PDF 6722.9 KB] sets out the steps we are taking, and will be supplemented with regular progress reports.


We acknowledge the Elders, community members, consumers, Traditional Owners, youth, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Health Organisations (ATSICCHOs) and leaders of our First Nations communities.

We respectfully acknowledge the First Nations people of the land on which we live, work and interact, and the strength and resilience of the participants of our First Nations Health Equity consultations.

Last updated: May 2024