Close the Gap

The mission

The poorer health outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are well recognised. Medical students play an important role as Australia's future doctors in helping to improve this situation so that equality can be achieved.

The Close the Gap Working Group aims to increase awareness and encourage all medical students to make Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health a priority in their future practice. The group also plans to provide assistance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical student groups when needed.


2017 Working Group Executive

Chair: Anna Philip, University of New England
Secretary: Anita Pratt, University of Melbourne


How to get involved

Email Chair, Anna Philip, at Please include your name, university, year level and brief reasons for interest in the group/past experiences of relevance (maximum 50 words).

You can also join the Close The Gap WG Facebook Group here.


2017 projects

  • Cultural Immersion Weekend
  • Indigenous Placement database
  • Indigenous Event's Calendar
  • Indigenous Fact Sheets


2016 projects

  • Cultural Immersion Weekend (pilot) – providing medical students with the opportunity to improve their cultural awareness and sensitivity by giving them the opportunity to go on a 3 day cultural immersion adventure
  • Indigenous Health Placement database – a database of organisations, practices and communities where students can apply for health placements with a strong focus on Indigenous Health
  • National Calendar for Indigenous Health-related events and conferences
  • Fact Sheet Series for medical students on common medical issues in Indigenous Health.


2015 projects

  • Information Sheet for Rural/Indigenous Placements
  • Club resource for Close the Gap Events.


2014 projects

  • Investigating the preparedness of Australian medical students for working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
  • Continue to build on resource list.


2013 projects

  • Pre-election media release on behalf of GPSN and GPRA
  • Developing a collection of available online resources about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health for medical students.