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.


2016 Working Group Executive

Chair: Rene Lazzaro, University of New England
Secretary: Vienna Tran, University of Adelaide


How to get involved

Email Chair, Rene Lazzaro, 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.


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

Katherine Humphreys (Immediate Past Chair), University of Notre Dame Fremantle

  • 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.