Bridging the Gap Foundation works to improve and advance the lives of Indigenous Australians. In this podcast, I discuss why, as a local business owner, I have chosen to support this charity. Dean Rioli and Colin Baillie join me.
Dean Rioli (retired Essendon Football player) sits on the board of Bridging the Gap Foundation. For over 14 years Dean has worked to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people into sustainable employment.
Colin Baille is head of development for the Menzies School of Health Research. The Menzies School of Health Research combined with Charles Darwin University established Bridging the Gap Foundation. The goal is to improve and advance the lives of Indigenous Australians.
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Bridging the Gap has the following mission:
- We aim to help bridge the gap between the health and education opportunities and outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, through the funding of essential and continued research.
- We aim to identify, through evidence-based research, key projects which will address the existing inequalities between the health and education of Indigenous Australians.
- We seek to build Indigenous capacity in our key areas of focus.
- We will work closely with Indigenous communities and will continue to collaborate with and consult individuals and groups living in these communities.
- We aim to raise public awareness about the need to bridge the gap between health and education opportunities and outcomes for Indigenous Australians.
- We aim to partner with other educational and health institutions, researchers, like-minded organisations and government departments in order to increase our impact and promote the sustainable and collaborative practice.