National centre to Close Gap

20 February 2014

A new national centre for research into Indigenous health will help close the gap on Indigenous health and life expectancy.

The Prime Minister’s report on Closing the Gap, released last week, found the gap in life expectancy between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people was 10.6 years for males and 9.5 years for females.

Indigenous Australians will have oversight of the new ANU body, the National Centre for Indigenous Genomics (NCIG), and will ensure the proper handling of research into samples taken from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people between the 1960s and 1990s.

The NGIC Governance Board will be chaired by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice commissioner Mick Gooda.

“This new centre is a watershed moment for Indigenous health research,” Mr Gooda said.

Photo: Board Chair Mick Gooda