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A $10,000 donation to Royal Darwin Hospital from a former patient has been used to develop a DVD explaining heart attack and treatment to Indigenous patients.
The Northern Territory's Health Minister, Kon Vatskalis, attended the DVD launch at Royal Darwin Hospital yesterday (4 April 2012) and thanked the donor, Mr Ralph Wilson, for his contribution.
'Any major health issue can be confronting, especially when you don't know what to expect during your journey through treatment and recovery,' Mr Vatskalis said.
'The Cardiac story DVD will mean Indigenous people will be able to learn in their own language what to expect when faced with a health issue such as a heart attack.'
'Mr Wilson has been very generous following his experience as a patient at Royal Darwin Hospital and we are grateful to him for expressing his thanks in a way which will also assist other patients.'
'His generosity has resulted in a wonderful tool to help ease what can be a stressful time for patients, their families and their communities.'
The Cardiac story is a guide for Indigenous patients on the journey from initial chest pain, through Royal Darwin Hospital, Flinders Medical Centre in Adelaide and returning home to their community.
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of premature death in the Indigenous population and 79% of all people who experience a heart attack in the Northern Territory are admitted to the Royal Darwin Hospital.
The Cardiac story DVD has been translated into five Indigenous languages - Tiwi, Kriol, Kunwinjku, Djambarrpuyngu, Murrinpatha - along with English and English with subtitles for the hearing impaired.
'This DVD aims to educate Indigenous patients in their own language about their medical condition, what types of tests they will be given in hospital and why, what to expect if they are required to travel interstate for treatment and the sorts of lifestyle changes they might need to make to ensure they remain in the best possible health,' Mr Vatskalis said.
Source: Northern Territory Minister for Health
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