2013 Sunshine Coast Multicultural Excellence Awards
The 2013 MEA awards culminated on Friday 18th October at Arnica Waterfront resturant. It was a fantastic night, big congrats to all nominees and finalists, check out their facebook page
for photo’s and more. Thanks to the USC PR students and all the sponsers.
Congratualtions to all of the finalists and winners of the 2013 Sunshine Coast Multicultural Excellence Awards. “The 2013 Multicultural Excellence Awards, thanks to Quirkle Photopgraphy. Vivianne Dawalibi, the winner of the Economic Award. Vivianne worked in the United Nations for many years, recieving numerous awards for her work. She now lives on the Sunshine Coast and runs the Caloundra Bulk Billing Surgery”
The Sunshine Coast Multicultural Excellence Award (MEAwards) have been created to recognize the outstanding contribution that has been made to the Sunshine Coast by individuals from a multicultural background.
The MEAwards have been developed by The Sunshine Coast Community Cooperative and students studying Public Relations at the University of the Sunshine Coast.
What is Closing the Gap?
Closing the Gap refers to reducing the gap in inequalities that exist between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. Under the National Indigenous Reform Agreement the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) committed to achieving six targets for closing the gap in health, education and employment outcomes.
The two health-specific targets are:
- to close the gap in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander life expectancy within a generation (by 2033); and
- to halve the gap in mortality rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children under five within a decade (2018).
The health gap in Queensland
The health gap is the difference between the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander burden of disease estimates and those for the general population. In Queensland the life expectancy gap is currently estimated at 10.4 years for males and 8.9 years for females.
The six leading drivers of the health gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders, which together explain 80% of the health gap:
- Cardiovascular disease – an estimated 28% of the health gap;
- Diabetes – an estimated 16% of the health gap;
- Chronic respiratory disease – an estimated 11% of the health gap;
- Cancers – an estimated 9% of the health gap;
- Injuries – an estimated 8% of the health gap; and
- Mental disorders – an estimated 8% of the health gap.