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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artwork tells story of 'data & diversity'

On today – Closing the Gap Day – The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) is proud to share their collaboration with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander owned business, Smyth Street to commission a new canvas for the institute, 'Data & Diversity'.

Founded by Jay Hobbs a proud descendant of the Kuku Yalanji and Erub/Meriam Mir peoples, Smyth Studio is a graphic design and digital art agency based in Southeast Queensland. Jay’s dedication to amplifying First Nations narratives shines through in his art, which is rooted in a deep connection to Country and Community.

These strokes of colour and elements encapsulate the dedication to honouring and empowering the voices that have for millennia resonated through this ancient land.

The commitment extends beyond the realms of data, information, and evidence. It is a testament etched with sincerity and rooted in action. Through meaningful relationships and partnerships with First Nations people, communities, organisations, and businesses.

Here, the narratives of the past are intertwined with the narratives of the present, and the possibilities of the future emerge as an ever-unfolding tapestry. Just as each hue contributes to the whole, these reforms underpin a canvas of change, designed to bridge the gaps that divide, strengthen partnerships, and empower communities.

The institute has also published updates to 3 First Nations health and welfare releases, making the latest data and information on Closing the Gap targets available to all. 

Ted Wilkes, Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Western Australia & AIHW First Nations Advisor has also shared a messaged of his own on the importance of ‘Closing the Gap’ drawing on his perspective as an Elder and health researcher.

The AIHW is committed to working with Frist Nations people, their communities, organisations, and businesses to implement the 2020 National Agreement on Closing the Gap, along with all other Australian Government agencies.

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