Minister Nash attends the Long Walk

Assistant Minister for Health Fiona Nash joined hundreds of fellow Australians at the start of the 10th Anniversary of the Long Walk Fun Walk at Melbourne’s Domain Gardens on 31 May 2014.

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31 May 2014

Assistant Minister for Health Fiona Nash joined hundreds of fellow Australians at the start of the 10th Anniversary of the Long Walk Fun Walk at Melbourne’s Domain Gardens this morning.

Minister Nash said she was delighted to meet the walkers at the Botanic Gardens Tan Track during Reconciliation Week.

The Long Walk celebrates 10 years since Michael Long and others walked to Canberra to see then Prime Minister John Howard to advocate for Indigenous issues.

Minister Nash, who has responsibility for Indigenous health issues, said the Australian Government was committed to improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health as a priority.

“We have committed to developing an implementation plan for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan by the end of the year,” Minister Nash said.

“The Government has reinforced its commitment to close the gap and achieve health equality between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians,” she said.

The Health Plan is a 10-year evidence-based framework developed with significant input from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health leaders and service providers.

Minister Nash advised that the Health Plan would be updated to reflect the Government’s approach and priorities for Indigenous affairs, to recognise the important links between education, employment, community safety and health.

“The Health Plan provides a useful framework and it is only through targeted and strategic action on the ground that real changes and improvements in the delivery of services and health outcomes can be realised.”

Media contact: Carolyn Martin, 0417 966 328 / 02 6277 7220

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