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November 2020

Her Heart Community Bulletin

NAIDOC Week 8-15 November 2020 

This month we celebrated NAIDOC Week: the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

This year's campaign reminds us that what Always Was, Always Will Be, acknowledging the hundreds of nations and cultures that have surrounded the heritage of our country. The very first footprints on this continent were those belonging to First Nations peoples and here, we invite all Australians to embrace the true history of this country – a history which dates back thousands of generations.

We supported NAIDOC Week through providing vital health education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, their families and communities. We were able to support via our social media and also showcasing a key partnership with Hitnet.

Heart disease was a leading cause of death for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in 2018, and the proportion was the same for females as it was for males. Risk of heart disease increases with age however, checking your heart health with your GP is good to do at any age. There are everyday prevention strategies women can use such as moving more and eating some healthy tucker.

We've created a fact sheet which we encourage you to download and read. Click here to find out more.

Partnering with Hitnet

We've partnered with Hitnet to support Indigenous communities, where together we developed a series of video stories and animations raising awareness and educating about the unique symptoms, risks and lifestyle changes for women with heart disease. The four First Nations women’s stories from North Queensland and Central Australia, and the three educational animations have been made into an engaging, interactive channel.

This has been distributed across the national Hitnet platform with 50 Hitnet Hubs in urban, regional and remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The videos can be found here.

View the ‘Her Heart’ interactive channel via the virtual Hitnet Community Hub.

Tele-PC Study

This Tele-PC Study invites clinicians and consumers (patients and carers) to share their views and experiences of telehealth for cardiovascular care. Your participation will inform future design of cardiovascular care and improvements in telehealth services.

Click here for more information or to register.

Preventing A Second Heart Attack

Cardiac Rehabilitation is a program that combines exercise, information sessions as well as psychological and emotional support carried out by health professionals.

Find out more


We are thrilled in this months Community Bulletin to showcase the work that we have been doing with our Community Partner Hitnet. This partnership was created through working with the Founder -  Ms Julie Gibson. She speaks about the groups most at risk of remaining on the other side of the ‘digital divide’ are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, people with lower levels of education and income, older Australians, and people living in regional and rural areas.

As a primarily digital charity, we wanted to work with Hitnet to deliver important content specifically to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. Given that we know that Australia has one of the highest rates of Rheumatic Heart Disease in the world and in Australia Indigenous women with valvular heart disease have the highest mortality.

Creating access to video’s that have been co-designed with this community was critical and ensuring that they could be shared on Outdoor mobile Hubs that are located in multiple community health care centres. We are thrilled with the multiple video’s that have been created sharing different stories from women, plus the animations that are being accessed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders on the Hubs.  Please take some time to check out the links above.

Warmest wishes,
Dr Linda Worrall-Carter,
Founder & Director of Her Heart

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