Letter to your State Minister for Health
We encourage you to use this template letter to send/email the Minister for Health in your state or territory, encouraging them to take action on Closing the Gap.
To the Honourable <MP Full Name>,
My name is <Your Name>, and I live in <Suburb> — part of your electorate of <Electorate> OR <Suburb, State/Territory>. As one of over 50,000 Australian Christians that are part of the Common Grace movement, I am writing to you today to voice my concern about the ongoing inequalities in areas such as health, education and employment faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across these lands now called Australia. .
As Christians, we believe Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are, and always have been created in the image of the Creator. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have an ancient and important God-appointed role as custodians in these lands now called Australia. For too long this nation of Australia has not listened to, and not sought justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We grieve the lives lost due to lack of action and investment to Close the Gap, and we fight for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to be embraced as the world’s oldest living continuing cultures and peoples.
While we know that Closing the Gap has been a Federal initiative, as the State Minister for Health, <Mr/Ms MP Last Name>, you must know that it will take all people from all states to Close the Gap. It is important to the very lives of your Aboriginal constituents, and non-Aboriginal constituents such as myself are concerned. I am writing to you today to ask what you will be doing to help Close the Gap for Aboriginal peoples in <your State/Territory>.
<MP Full Name>, the first closing the gap targets were established almost 15 years ago and Australia has failed to Close the Gap. Devastatingly, the gap has actually been widening across many areas. On 28th July we found out that only 4 of 17 closing the gap targets are on track. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples continue to die too young and too often, and face overrepresentation in the prison system. As highlighted on ABC’s Four Corners (7th March 2022), Rheumatic Heart Disease is having a devastating impact on Aboriginal communities, particularly for young people. Despite this being a preventable disease, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have the world’s highest rates of Rheumatic Heart Disease. This is a heartbreaking reality, causing too many premature deaths and community grief.
Closing the Gap solutions must be community led, from a human rights based approach, and include full participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in all areas of decision making. How will you ensure Australia actively works, and sufficiently funds, the responsibility to Close the Gap?
As a non-Aboriginal Australian Christian, and a resident of <State/Territory>, your action to Close the Gap is vital to ensure the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as well as this state and nation groaning with injustice against First Nations peoples. Your action to Close the Gap, <MP Full Name>, will save lives and help bring justice that is long overdue.
<Your Full Name>
Minister for Health contact details:
|Minister||Portfolio||Electorate||Email / Contact||Phone No.||Office Address|
|QLD||The Hon Yvette D'Ath||Minister for Health and Ambulance Services||Redcliffe||[email protected]||(07) 3035 6100||GPO Box 48
BRISBANE QLD 4001
|NSW||The Hon (Brad) Bradley Ronald Hazzard||Minister for Health||Wakehurst||Contact via website||(02) 8574 6000||
GPO Box 5341
|VIC||The Hon Martin Foley MP||
Minister for Health, Minister for Ambulance Services and
(03) 9096 8561
50 Lonsdale Street
|SA||The Hon Stephen Wade||Minister for Health and Wellbeing||[email protected]||(08) 8463 6270||
Level 9, 11 Hindmarsh Square, ADELAIDE SA 5000
|ACT||The Hon Rachel Stephen-Smith||Minister for Health, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, and Minister for Family and Community Services||Kurrajong||
or contact via website
|(02) 6205 2661||GPO Box 1020,
Canberra, ACT 2601
|WA||The Hon Amber-Jade Sanderson||Minister for Health, Mental Health||[email protected]||61 8 6552 5900||5th Floor, Dumas House, 2 Havelock Street, WEST PERTH WA 6005|
|TAS||The Hon Jeremy Rockliff||Deputy Premier, Minister for Health, Minister for Advanced Manufacturing and Defence Industries, Minister for Mental Health and Wellbeing||Braddon||
or via website
|03 6478 6050||
43 Best Street, Devonport, Tasmania 7310
|NT||The Hon Natasha Fyles||Minister for Health; Minister for Tourism and Hospitality; Minister for National Resilience; Minister for Major Events; Minister for Racing, Gaming and Licensing; Minister for Alcohol Policy||Nightcliff||[email protected]||(08) 8999 6743||PO Box 1283, Nightcliff NT 0814|