March 21 is Harmony Day and National Close the Gap day
In light of the recent terror attack on the Muslim community in Christchurch, GPRA acknowledges the 20 year anniversary of Harmony celebrations and affirms the spirit of Harmony Day — "Everyone belongs".
It has been very moving to see the outpouring of compassion and to read the background stories of the victims and the messages of love and support to victims’ families. GPRA stands by those affected, and are here to facilitate support for any trainees who require it.
On this Harmony Day, we encourage our members to celebrate the diversity within the Australian multicultural community, in particular, the diversity of the medical community.
The GP registrars who responded to the 2017 AGPT National Registrar Survey highlighted the diversity in GP training. Half of the respondents were born in a country other than Australia. Around 8% of GP registrars who responded were born in India, 4% in Malaysia and 3% from each of the United Kingdom, China, Myanmar and Sri Lanka.
In the GPRA Benchmarking Survey, 21.4% of GP registrars surgery reported that they were from a non-English-speaking background and that English was not their primary language.
On 21 March, we also affirmed our support for the Close the Gap campaign on National Close the Gap day.
Most Australians enjoy one of the highest life expectancies of any country in the world — but this is not true for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. According to Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation (ANTaR), Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can expect to live at least 10 years fewer than other Australians and experience higher rates of preventable illnesses such as heart disease, kidney disease and diabetes; babies born to Aboriginal mothers die at more than twice the rate of other babies born in Australia.
GPRA believes that every Australian has a right to be safe, to belong, and to share equally in our world-class health outcomes — which is why we affirm our support for Harmony Week and the Close the Gap campaign.