Close the Gap Day

by PeakCare Qld on 17th March 2016

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Minister Fentiman delivers enthralling speech at PeakCare's AGM

by PeakCare Qld
on 12th December 2016

If you were unable to attend PeakCare’s AGM on Wednesday, 7th December 2016, make sure you read the enthralling speech delivered by the Honourable Shannon Fentiman MP, Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Minister for Child Safety and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence.

PeakCare's Board for 2017

by PeakCare Qld
on 12th December 2016

Your candidates for PeakCare's Board for 2017

by PeakCare Qld
on 30th November 2016

New Family and Child Connect services (FaCC), Intensive Family Support services (IFS) and specialist Domestic and Family Violence services

by PeakCare Qld
on 18th August 2016

The Queensland Government Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services (the department) wishes to advise of the release of an Expression of Interest (EOI) for Mount Isa / Gulf Family Support and Domestic and Family Violence Prevention and Support Services

More about the Royal Commission into the South Australian child protection system

by PeakCare Qld
on 18th August 2016

The South Australian Child Protection Systems Royal Commission Report, The life they deserve, was released in early August 2016. The report is presented in two volumes. The first volume sets out what the Royal Commission did to examine the adequacy of current laws and policies to protect children and young people, system deficits and 260 recommendations addressing a wide range of structural, system and practice aspects across the SA government and service system. The second volume contains 5 case studies that examine the operation of the system and practice quality in specific areas. Four focus on the individual circumstances of young children, intervening in high risk families, leaving care, and children with complex needs in out of home care.

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10 years ago, Cathy Freeman OAM and Ian Thorpe OAM launched the Close the Gap campaign to highlight the disadvantages that Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders face in Australia. In 2008, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed to six ambitious targets, namely: close the gap in life expectancy within a generation (by 2031); halve the gap in mortality rates for Indigenous children under five by 2018; ensure access to early childhood education for all Indigenous four year olds in remote communities by 2013; halve the gap in reading, writing and numeracy achievements for children by 2018; halve the gap for Indigenous students in Year 12 (or equivalent) attainment rates by 2020; and halve the gap in employment outcomes between Indigenous and other Australians by 2018.

Last month, when Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull handed down the annual report to Parliament on progress in Closing the Gap he stated: “Under successive governments, under both sides, progress against the Close the Gap targets has been mixed”. Whilst acknowledging that reducing child mortality and improving Year 12 attainment rates were both on track, he also highlighted that the life expectancy gap was still around 10 years and that this target was not on track.

PeakCare encourages our members, supporters, eNews subscribers and the community at large to take some time out of their day today to give some thought to the contribution we should all be making towards closing the gap.

You can Pledge to Close the Gap here

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