PHCQI Newsletter Issue #26, March 2024


Close the Gap Day

21st March 2024

Closing the Gap acknowledges the ongoing strength and resilience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in sustaining the world’s oldest living cultures.

Closing the Gap is underpinned by the belief that when Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have a genuine say in the design and delivery of policies, programs and services that affect them, better life outcomes are achieved.

It also recognizes that structural change in the way governments work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is needed to close the gap.

All Australian governments are working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, their communities, organizations and businesses to implement the new National Agreement on Closing the Gap at the national, state and territory, and local levels.

This is an unprecedented shift in the way governments have previously worked to close the gap. It acknowledges that to close the gap, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people must determine, drive and own the desired outcomes, alongside all governments.

This new way of working requires governments to build on the strong foundations Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have, through their deep connection to family, community and culture.

Harmony Week

15th-21st March 2024

Harmony Week is the celebration that recognizes our diversity and brings together Australians from all different backgrounds. It’s about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone.​ Y​ou can wear orange to show your support, or you can attend/host a Harmony Week event.


Immunisation Training Course

A three day training course for Aboriginal health practitioners and workers on immunisation is going to be held in the Perth Metro area, 25-27 March. For more information reach out to our immunisation educator, Charlie Mutch. Click here to register.

Eye health

WA Aboriginal Eye Health Forum

Rural Health West is delighted to be hosting the inaugural WA Aboriginal Eye Health Forum on 18 June 2024. This one-day, pilot education and upskilling event will provide health professionals working in WA Aboriginal eye health and associated fields, with the opportunity to connect with peers and learn about current initiatives and service delivery models working to improve Aboriginal eye health outcomes across the nation and state.

Bursary Opportunity: NATSIEHC24 | 22-24 May 2024 | Nipaluna (Hobart) TAS

This year, the First Nations Eye Health Alliance will be hosting the 2024 National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Eye Health Conference for the first time on Nipaluna country (Hobart). The 2024 Conference aims to empower, inform, inspire, and share experiences in leading and supporting initiatives designed to improve eye health outcomes in communities. AHCWA is pleased to announce that we will be offering 8 bursaries to the value of $3000 for staff from our member services to attend the conference. Bursaries will cover the registration fee, airfares and accommodation. If you are interested, please complete the application form here by 15 March 2024.