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Indigenous owners left their mark on the ANU campus in the form of this scar tree. Now the goal is to increase Indigenous achievements in higher education. ANU

For the first time, Closing the Gap has a higher education target – here’s how to achieve it

The tertiary qualifications target requires higher education providers, schools and communities to work together. But higher education can also help close the gap in the other target areas.
Children at Lajamanu, NT, telling sand stories in Light Warlpiri . Carmel O'Shannessy

Talking the talk: fresh Closing the Gap targets require a tailored approach to language

Strong language and culture is listed among the fresh Closing the Gap targets. But, as the latest research on speakers and learners shows, language is fundamental to well-being across the board.
Walpiri Transient Camp, Katherine: Western medicine can’t be expected to work for disadvantaged Indigenous Australians unless housing and social disadvantage are also addressed.

How a rethink of emergency care is closing the gap, one person at a time

A safe home, a working fridge and access to transport are all needed before western medicine has a chance of working in the long term. But a new way of providing care can help.
The Anangu community of Mutitjulu stands in stark contrast to the sleek tourism infrastructure in the neighbouring town of Yulara. Lukas Coch/AAP

After the climb: how new tourism opportunities can empower the traditional owners of Uluru

There's a need to develop new tourism activities at Uluru, especially more educational and immersive experiences that would entail interacting respectfully with traditional owners.
This child and her mother found refuge at a women’s shelter, but many are unable to find the secure housing they need to escape family violence. Dan Peled/AAP

Another stolen generation looms unless Indigenous women fleeing violence can find safe housing

Indigenous children are admitted to out-of-home care at 11 times the rate for non-Indigenous children. The lack of safe housing for mothers fleeing family violence is a key factor.
Sports have long been seen as a way to improve outcomes in Indigenous communities, but more research is needed to structure better programs. Paul Miller/AAP

Are sports programs closing the gap in Indigenous communities? The evidence is limited

A review of 20 studies shows that sport can improve outcomes for Indigenous youth in education and culture, but the evidence on longer-lasting impacts is lacking.
The same patterns have emerged over the last decade of reaching for the same targets. from shutterstock.com

Four lessons from 11 years of Closing the Gap reports

Some targets seem easier to meet than others, while some are just plain unreliable. Here are four things we've learnt from the last decade of Closing the Gap policy.

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