You can help ‘Close the Gap’ was the message being shared at USQ on 8 March.
A wonderful community event was held at the USQ Toowoomba Campus emphasizing the importance of raising awareness about the Close the Gap initiative.
USQ Student Services and Social Justice Director Christie White stated “The life expectancy of an Indigenous Australian is 10 to 17 years less than a non-Indigenous Australian. That’s unacceptable,” she said. “Here at USQ, we want our Indigenous student and staffing community to be aware of our health services, and encourage them to seek out medical help to prevent any potential future health issues.” The community event featured a free BBQ, traditional bush tucker, Aboriginal dancers, local Indigenous artwork, and live entertainment. There were also displays by the NRL and health organisations such as Carbal Medical Centre and headspace Toowoomba.
Bachelor of Human Services (Counselling) student and USQ Student Services staff member Nyssa Blades said it was great to see the University get involved with initiatives like ‘Close the Gap’. “It shows me that USQ is supportive of closing that gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians’ health by taking action to help Indigenous people live longer and healthier lives,” she said. Learn more about USQ health support services by visiting www.usq.edu.au/studentservices.