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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin


Heart Week 2014

8 April 2014

Heart  Week 2014 runs from 4 May to 10 May and provides an opportunity to highlight the problems associated with heart disease.

Study shows link between high birth weight and heart disease

4 April 2014

Babies born with high birth weight may be at increased risk of cardiovascular disease in adulthood, according to a University of Sydney study.

Six ways to reduce blood pressure

2 April 2014

High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart attacks and stroke.

Closing up the gap

27 March 2014

The Ceduna District Health Services and Country North SA Medicare Local (CNSAML) promoted Indigenous health for Close the gap day on March 20, 2014.

Heart disease deaths still falling

25 March 2014

Deaths from heart disease have fallen steadily since 2003, while deaths from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease continue to increase, according to new figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Cardiovascular rehabilitation and secondary prevention pathway document for review

24 March 2014

The draft Cardiovascular rehabilitation and secondary prevention (CRSP) document is available for review.

Heart attack victims could have access to drugs with no side effects after Monash University research

12 March 2014

Heart attack victims may soon have access to drugs with no side effects following new findings by scientists at Monash University.

Healthy town planning guideline now online

10 March 2014

An online tool to help planners create cities and towns which allow and encourage West Australians to get more daily physical activity, thus improving health and well-being, is now available.

Heart Foundation warns of health risks as data shows Australians' average weight increasing

7 March 2014

New data from the Australian Heart Foundation shows the weight of the average Australian adult has increased by more than five and half kilograms (kgs) over the past 25 years.

Program treating chronic diseases in rural areas

3 March 2014

Healthcare professionals in Western Australia's south west have taken part in a pilot program to teach chronic illness management in regional and rural areas.

Cardiovascular diseases top Australian health care spending

25 February 2014

Australia spends more on cardiovascular diseases (CVD) than on any other disease group, according to a report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

Funding boost for Australian researchers

18 February 2014

The Australian Government today announced $133 million in funding to help Australian researchers find new health treatments and cures.

YMCA to give Heartmoves a fresh start

14 February 2014

YMCA Australia has entered into an agreement with the National Heart Foundation of Australia to take over the Heartmoves program.

Rheumatic heart disease family and community stories

13 February 2014

RHD Australia has published a number of family and community stories on their website to promote awareness and adequate treatment of acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD).

Australian breakthrough in the treatment of stroke and heart attack

12 February 2014

Australian researchers have developed a potentially safer and more effective way to treat heart attack and stroke via a new drug which targets the site of a blood clot, instead of the entire circulatory system.

New study on the medical anthropology of rheumatic heart disease

10 February 2014

A report presented at the recent RHD Australia conference 2013: practice and culture by Dr Suzanne Belton discusses how medical anthropology might assist in reducing rheumatic heart disease (RHD).

iPhone, iPad and android apps for acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease

5 February 2014

Key information from The Australian guideline for prevention, diagnosis and management of acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease is available to access from iPhone, iPad and android devices for free.

Small weight loss can significantly reduce the risk of heart disease

28 January 2014

A recent United States study of middle aged women who were either overweight or obese showed that a 10 percent reduction in body weight was enough to lower their risk of developing heart disease.

New 'virtual walkers' program for the Heart Foundation in 2014

22 January 2014

Heart Foundation Walking (HFW) is to expand it's current walking program to include 'virtual' walkers, allowing for people who cannot access, or who do not want to walk in a group the opportunity to be a part of the program.

Indigenous residents of Goondiwindi will benefit from new chronic disease care coordinator

21 January 2014

Indigenous residents suffering from chronic disease in the town of Goondiwindi in Queensland will be able to better manage their condition after the establishment of a regular fortnightly outreach clinic at the Goondiwindi hospital.

Australian scientists discover a new way to reduce the damage caused by heart attack

20 January 2014

Scientists at the University of Sydney have found that a simple injection could reduce the damage caused by heart attack, and could also help people suffering from multiple sclerosis and inflammatory bowel disease.

Presentations from the recent RHD Australia conference now available online

17 January 2014

Presentations from the recent RHD Australia Conference 2013: Practice and Culture are now available to be viewed online.

Women may need different blood pressure treatment

8 January 2014

A new study published in the Therapeutic Advances in Cardiovascular Disease journal has found that doctors may need to treat high blood pressure earlier and more aggressively than they do in men.

PhD scholarship to reduce inequality in heart disease

6 December 2013

Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute is seeking expressions of interest for a scholarship to conduct full time research into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heart health.

Release of the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey: first results, Australia, 2012-13

27 November 2013

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey: first results, Australia, 2012-13.

Young Indigenous Chronic Disease Liaison Officer - a leader in her community

25 November 2013

Jacqueline Gibbs, a 22 year old Indigenous Chronic Disease Liaison Officer and Case Manager in New South Wales, is participating in a youth leadership program, which aims to extend the leadership capabilities of young Indigenous Australians.

New Cape York health centre to address chronic disease

21 November 2013

The Apunipima Cape York Health Council is hoping that a new facility at Kowanyama will help to reduce the burden of chronic disease in the next generation.

Menzies secures critical funding to improve heart health

18 November 2013

Menzies School of Health Research has secured funding through the Heart Foundation Research Program Awards which will facilitate high quality research into the causes, diagnosis, treatment, management and prevention of cardiovascular disease.

Call to arms to save children from rheumatic heart disease

13 November 2013

A leading paediatric cardiologist has emphasised the need to prevent rheumatic heart disease (RHD) in Indigenous children to prevent death, cardiac surgery and stroke to allow them to live a fulfilling life.

Dr Norman Swan emphasises the importance of cholesterol in heart disease

8 November 2013

Dr Norman Swan has emphasised the role of lowering cholesterol on controlling heart disease after a recent television program questioned this, and the role of statin drugs that reduce cholesterol.

Experts converge in Darwin to beat rheumatic heart disease

5 November 2013

Experts from around the country have converged in Darwin, Northern Territory for the RHDAustralia Conference 2013: Practice and Culture to strengthen Australia's fight to prevent rheumatic heart disease (RHD).

Menzies delivers evaluation of federal chronic disease package

30 October 2013

Primary healthcare policy and planning experts from the Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies) have welcomed the release of the report into the landscape of chronic disease in Indigenous Australians.

NHMRC announces health and medical research grants

25 October 2013

The Prime Minister the Hon Tony Abbott MP has announced $559.1 million to Australian health and medical researchers to generate new health discoveries across Australia.

Sharing RHD knowledge in Alice Springs

21 October 2013

RHDAustralia has commenced hosting seminars on acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD) to share knowledge with health workers, clinicians, remote area nurses and students.

Two young doctors share their experiences attending a prevocational placement in NT

17 October 2013

Two young Australian doctors have shared their experiences in attending the Prevocational General Practice Placements Program (PGPPP) in the Northern Territory (NT).

Australian Aboriginal birth cohort study commenced fourth wave of data collection

17 October 2013

The oldest and largest study of Aboriginal people in Australia has begun its fourth wave of data collection.

Rheumatic Heart Disease Australia launches online forum

14 October 2013

RHDAustralia has launched an online discussion forum for health professionals involved in the prevention, diagnosis and management of acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease.

Just released: 2013 Review of acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease among Indigenous Australians

11 October 2013

The Review of acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease among Indigenous Australians is now available for viewing and for download from the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet.

Survey shows that Indigenous people in remote WA communities age at a quicker rate than others

3 October 2013

Research in Western Australia's remote Kimberley region has found that the Indigenous population are ageing at a much quicker rate than other Australians.

Landmark rethink sugary drink forum to drive appetite for consumer change

2 October 2013

Leading public health experts and community organisations are gathering in Melbourne on 2 October 2013 to discuss the growing health risks associated with Australians' high consumption of sugary drinks and to discuss policy options to reduce consumption.

Campaign highlights the impact of RHD to mark World Heart Day

27 September 2013

To mark World Heart Day on 29 September RHDAustralia are reminding people that rheumatic heart disease (RHD) is preventable, by highlighting one of the many stories of young Indigenous Australians who have undergone multiple heart surgeries as a result of the disease.

Take heart - the untold cost of rheumatic heart disease

19 September 2013

The Take heart project has recently spent time in the Northern Territory filming the story of a young Indigenous teenager, Liddywoo, who suffers from rheumatic heart disease (RHD) and has had three open-heart surgeries in five years.

New Australian diabetes, obesity and lifestyle study released

4 September 2013

The Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute has released the results of a 12 year, 11,000 participant study on the health status of Australian adults.

Hospitals join national pregnancy and RHD study

4 September 2013

Thirty-four hospitals in Western Australia (WA) are participating in the nation's most extensive study into rheumatic heart disease (RHD) in pregnancy.

$2.4 million awarded for Indigenous health centre

22 August 2013

The University of Adelaide has won $2.48 million to establish a new national Centre of Research Excellence, in partnership with the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) and the University of Wollongong.

State of preventative health 2013 report released

5 August 2013

The Australian Government has today released the first ever State of preventive health report, a comprehensive overview of the current health challenges facing Australians in relation to chronic disease.

Exercise as medicine in Indigenous health

29 July 2013

Edith Cowan University PhD candidate, Tuguy Esgin, believes using exercise as a form of medicine could help Indigenous Australians avoid a range of chronic diseases.

National Diabetes Week 2013 launch

11 July 2013

The Face of Diabetes in Australia campaign will be launched at the Yarra Gallery at Federation Square in Melbourne at 10.30 am on Sunday 14 July.

New clinical web resource helping health practitioners to reduce Indigenous chronic disease

26 June 2013

The Minister for Indigenous Health, the Hon Warren Snowden MP, has today launched the Australian Indigenous ClinicallnfoNet - an innovative web resource designed to assist primary health care workers in the prevention and management of chronic disease among Indigenous people.

WA HealthInfoNet post-workshop survey - we need your feedback

24 June 2013

If you have participated in a HealthInfoNet workshop in WA we need your feedback - please take a few minutes to complete this survey: This survey seeks to find out about the use of our website by workshop participants.

'Healthy kids, healthy teeth, healthy hearts': Poche Centre launches new three-year strategy

6 June 2013

University of Sydney's Poche Centre for Indigenous Health, which is situated within University's medical school, recently launched their new three-year strategy: Healthy kids, healthy teeth, healthy hearts.

Heart Week 2013 campaign to teach warning signs of heart attack

23 April 2013

Each year, almost 10,000 Australians die of a heart attack, a toll which means one Australian life is claimed every 53 minutes.

Survey of Rheumatic Heart Disease Australia

15 April 2013

An evaluation is being conducted of Rheumatic Heart Disease Australia (RHDAustralia) and their activities in preventing and managing acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD).

New AIHW reports show some improvements in Aboriginal health

15 April 2013

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has released a series of state-based reports providing the latest information on how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are faring according to a range of indicators on health status, determinants of health and health system performance.

World Heart Federation releases position paper on rheumatic heart disease

7 April 2013

The World Heart Federation (WHF) has released its position statement on rheumatic heart disease (RHD) affirming the Federation's commitment to the prevention and control of the disease.

Broome visitors give new perspectives on Rheumatic Heart Disease

29 March 2013

Leading paediatrician and infectious diseases specialist, Professor Jonathan Carapetis, recently visited the town of Broome on the Kimberley coast of Western Australia, along with over 50 other health professionals and medical students, to share an evening of information, discussion and new perspectives on Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD).

Acute rheumatic fever still high in Indigenous Australians

20 March 2013

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has released a report which shows that rates of acute rheumatic fever among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians continue to be among the highest in the world, despite the fact that rheumatic fever is rare in most developed countries.

New Murri clinic delivers more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health services

19 March 2013

Indigenous residents in the Brisbane suburb of Acacia Ridge are enjoying better access to community health services with the opening of a revamped health clinic at the Murri School.

Report indicates improvements in health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

1 March 2013

Health trends among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are improving in several areas, according to a report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

QIMR starts human trials of Strep A vaccine in Queensland

26 February 2013

The Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR) has begun human trials of a vaccine for Streptococcus A, the germ that causes rheumatic fever.

Mobile health clinic reaches out to underserviced Indigenous communities

25 February 2013

A new Indigenous Health Mobile Training Unit has just been launched by the University of Queensland (UQ).

Free HealthInfoNet workshops in Albany, WA - 11-13 March 2013

20 February 2013

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet will be in Albany, Western Australia delivering free workshops from the 11th - 13th March 2013.

New Trans-Tasman funding in search for rheumatic heart disease vaccine

18 February 2013

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has agreed with New Zealand Prime Minister, John Key, to provide support for the development of a potential vaccine for rheumatic fever.

HealthInfoNet workshops in the South West of WA - Bunbury and Busselton

24 January 2013

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet will be in the South West of WA delivering free workshops from the 11th - 15th February 2013.

Review of Indigenous cardiovascular health is now available

14 January 2013

The Review of cardiovascular health among Indigenous Australians is now available for viewing and for download on the HealthInfoNet website.

Surveys released to assess the 'Indigenous chronic disease package' (ICDP)

22 November 2012

The Australian Government is monitoring and assessing the effectiveness of the Indigenous chronic disease package (ICDP) in achieving the Closing the gap targets (under the ICDP national monitoring and evaluation project).

Seminar presents research about ischemic heart disease (IHD) in Aboriginal people

20 November 2012

Leading researchers in ischemic heart disease (IHD) among Aboriginal people, will present a lunchtime seminar this week in Perth, Western Australia (WA).

Indigenous kidney specialist named NT's Young Tall Poppy

29 October 2012

Australia's first Indigenous kidney specialist has been announced as the Northern Territory's Young TallPoppy as part of the recent 2012 NT Research and Innovation Awards.

HealthInfoNet workshops coming to the Gascoyne/Midwest in November

20 September 2012

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet workshops are coming to the Gascoyne/Midwest region in November.

New online resource for Australia's Indigenous Healthy Lifestyle Workers

13 September 2012

An online portal to support Australia's Healthy Lifestyle Workers was launched this week by the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet.

HealthInfoNet workshops in the Pilbara (now including Newman)

4 September 2012

The HealthInfoNet will be in the Pilbara next week delivering free workshops from September 10th to the 17th.

HealthInfoNet workshops in the Pilbara

27 August 2012

There are still places available to participate in upcoming Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (AIH) workshops in the Pillbara region of Western Australia (WA).

HealthInfoNet consultant commences new role at South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute

2 August 2012

Dr Alex Brown, a top researcher in the area of Indigenous cardiovascular and metabolic disease and a consultant with the HealthInfoNet, has now commenced his new role as Indigenous Health Theme Leader at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI).

Rheumatic heart disease guideline phone app

1 August 2012

An app for iphone, android and ipad is now available to assist with improving clinical practice and reduce death and disability from acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD) throughout Australia.

HealthInfoNet workshops in the Kimberley

31 July 2012

The HealthInfoNet will be in the Kimberley next week delivering free workshops from August 6th to the 17th.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) conducting largest survey of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health

19 July 2012

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has commenced the largest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey to improve knowledge of the health issues affecting Indigenous Australians.

Jessica Mauboy sings out to end Indigenous diabetes and heart disease epidemic

19 July 2012

Singer Jessica Mauboy is calling for Darwin-based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women to complete a quick survey as part of the Diabetes and Related Conditions in Urban Indigenous People in the Darwin Region (DRUID) study, a ground-breaking diabetes and heart disease study.

Tailor the health care to close the gap

13 July 2012

The primary health care peak body, Australian Medicare Local Alliance, is encouraging Australia's Indigenous population to sign up for quality chronic disease management in general practice to receive the health care they need.

New telehealth program to combat diabetes related vision loss and heart disease among Indigenous Australians

2 July 2012

The Fred Hollows Foundation has announced it is entering into a $3 million partnership with the University of Melbourne to carry out an innovative program to reduce diabetes related blindness and combat chronic disease among Indigenous Australians.

Cardiac Accessibility and Remoteness Index for Australia

1 June 2012

Australians considering where to have a heart attack can now do a postcode check on the speed and quality of medical treatment they are likely to receive.

New National guide for preventive health assessments for Indigenous people released

31 May 2012

The National guide to a preventive health assessment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (second edition) was released today (31 May 2012) by Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon.

Guidelines for the assessment and management of absolute CVD risk

22 May 2012

The first Australian guidelines for the management of absolute cardiovascular disease risk are now available.

Heart care a lifelong affair

17 May 2012

It is the organ we all take for granted, giving it hardly a second thought until we reach our senior years.

World Heart Day - 29th September, 2012

3 May 2012

World Heart Day was created in 2000 to inform people around the globe that heart disease and stroke are the world's leading cause of death.

Experts to discuss childhood chronic disease links

2 May 2012

Links between influences in the early years of life and chronic conditions will be explored by experts at a conference in Darwin in September.

Acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease guidelines released

2 May 2012

Applying the latest available evidence, RHD Australia, an initiative of the Menzies School of Health Research, led a comprehensive review of the 2006 guidelines originally produced by the Heart Foundation and the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand.

Heart Week 2012 Sunday 6th May - Saturday 12th May

27 April 2012

During Heart Week 2012, the Heart Foundation will be urging all Australians to learn the warning signs of heart attack.

Winners of 2012 NSW Aboriginal health awards announced

10 April 2012

Individuals, teams and communities in New South Wales (NSW) who have demonstrated excellence in 'closing the gap' in Indigenous health outcomes were celebrated at an Awards ceremony late last month.

Generous donation enables heart attack DVD for Indigenous patients

4 April 2012

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.

New report shows effectiveness of Indigenous health research institute

21 March 2012

A new report has been released showing that Australia's leading Indigenous health research institute makes a significant economic and social contribution to the nation.

HealthInfoNet workshops: helping to 'close the gap' in Indigenous health

20 March 2012

To increase access to its web resource and build the capacity of the frontline health workforce - and to assist the health workforce in 'closing the gap' in Indigenous health - the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet will deliver a program of free workshops across Western Australia (WA) over 18 months from April 2012.

Researchers say Indigenous Australians get less care after a stroke

16 February 2012

Indigenous Australians who suffer a stroke are less likely to receive life-saving care than non-Indigenous Australians treated in the same hospitals, according to a recent study published in the International Journal of Stroke.

Heart Foundation WA shares lessons learnt from working with Aboriginal people

5 January 2012

The Heart Foundation WA (HFWA) recently released a paper encouraging not-for-profit organisations to take a comprehensive approach to reducing health disparities for Aboriginal people.

Healthy Lifestyle Worker toolkit launched

13 December 2011

The Director of the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet, Professor Neil Thomson, today attended the Canberra launch of a new Healthy Lifestyle Worker toolkit to help tackle chronic disease in Indigenous communities.

Australian Capital Territory gets $1.2 million funding to improve health outcomes

26 October 2011

Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher, announced on 23 October 2011, funding of $1.2 million through the ACT health promotions grant program to promote good health and prevent chronic disease.

Chronic Disease Network Recognition Awards for Aboriginal Health Workers

16 September 2011

The Chronic Disease Network (CDN) Recognition Awards have been held annually since 2008.

Sharing stories to improve Indigenous health care

12 July 2011

A study conducted by the Menzies Centre for Health Policy has found that sharing stories and health information with friends and families gives strength to Indigenous Australians living with chronic illness.

Australian Cardiovascular Health and Rehabilitation Association conference

1 March 2011

The Australian Cardiovascular Health and Rehabilitation Association conference will be held in Perth, Western Australia on 8 - 10 August 2011.

Website and resource set about the Indigenous Chronic Disease Package

29 April 2010

The Indigenous Chronic Disease Package is a vital part of the Australian Government's response to closing the gap in Indigenous health outcomes.

RHDAustralia: a national approach to rheumatic heart disease prevention and management

25 January 2010

The Federal Government has announced that it will spend $2.5 million to help combat rheumatic heart disease (RHD) and acute rheumatic fever (ARF), through the establishment of RHDAustralia, a new centre dedicated to prevention and management of the disease.

Cardiovascular disease web resource awarded a four-gecko rating

3 December 2009

The HealthInfoNet has a rating system based on its logo - the gecko.

FAQs for deaths and cardiovascular disease have been updated

26 November 2009

The answers to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on deaths and cardiovascular disease (CVD) have been updated.

National Lead Clinicians Group - 2014 Awards for excellence now open

The National Lead Clinicians Group - 2014 Awards for excellence are now open.
Last updated: 8 April 2014
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