The ANU Medical School Rural Students Medical Society (ARMS) held their annual Close the Gap Day ceremony earlier this month to raise awareness for Indigenous health issues.
The day commenced with a barbecue provided by the ANU GP Student Network on Acton campus. Aunty Agnes, a Ngunnawal elder performed a moving welcome to country followed by the Wiradjuri Echoes who entertained the audience with traditional dances, encouraging everyone to participate.
The ceremony included speeches from prominent community members pertaining to different aspects of Indigenous health and a round-table discussion.
A photo exhibition was also held throughout the afternoon, featuring photographs taken by third-year ANU Medical students on their Northern Territory placements. These placements provide students with the unique experience of working in Aboriginal health, with a strong emphasis on cross-cultural education. The winning photo was taken by Victoria Cheung, second place winner was Jessica King, and third prize went to Deb Wong.
One of the speakers, Justin Mohamed, Chairperson of NACCHO, spoke about the history of the Close the Gap campaign and community controlled health sector. He informed the audience that "NACCHO's footprint reaches over 300 Indigenous communities, providing health care to over 50% of Australia's Indigenous population".