To mark Closing the Gap Day 2018, YDHS has held a morning tea for staff and invited representatives of Wulgunggo Ngalu and the Gippsland Sector Development Team. This function was held to highlight the health gap between Aboriginal and non indigenous people that sees Indigenous people with a life expectancy of around 12 years less than other members of the community.

Karina Crutch, Aboriginal Regional Development Officer presented YDHS with a certificate recognising the steps we have made in our cultural journey to improve services and outcomes for Aboriginal people in Gippsland.

Craig, Anya and Troy from Wulgunggo Ngalu explained the role of the Centre and the work they do, showing some short videos. Troy, a previous participant in the Aboriginal Men’s program, shared his personal story and the benefits he had obtained in working with the other men. Troy also played the didgeridoo as part of his presentation.

The Wulgunggo Ngalu program has won an international award for the work it does and is recognised as a model to assist Aboriginal men. YDHS and Wulgunggo Ngalu recognised Closing the Gap day last year and are intent on doing this together annually.

In the spirit of the day the YDHS kitchen team prepared a range of Bush Tucker which was enjoyed by all.