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No more stroke for our mob: rap spreads awareness this Stroke Week

15 September 2016

A new rap song promoting stroke awareness and prevention is set to hit the airwaves across the country for National Stroke Week (12-18 September).
 

State of the art heart equipment arrives for NT kids

15 September 2016

Northern Territory (NT) children requiring a heart scan will now benefit from one of the best ultrasound heart machines available in the world, according to NT Paediatric Cardiologist, Dr Bo Remenyi.
 

Australia's health 2016 released

14 September 2016

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has released Australia's health 2016 this week, a two yearly report card on the health of all Australians.
 

Milestone for surveillance of rheumatic heart disease

14 September 2016

On 30 June 2016 a significant milestone was met with the submission to the Commonwealth Department of Health of the first report generated from the RHDAustralia data collection system (DCS).
 

Aboriginal patients with heart issues foregoing angiograms, some leaving hospital against advice

8 September 2016

Aboriginal people are less likely to undergo an angiogram test when they present at hospital with cardiac problems, a study has found.
 

Call for Group A streptococcal infections to become notifiable diseases

7 September 2016

Researchers at Telethon Kids Institute say Group A streptococcus (GAS), the bacterium that causes skin sores and sore throat and can lead to life-threatening health problems, should become a nationally notifiable disease in Australia.
 

Australia's Indigenous community hurting in the heart

31 August 2016

The Heart Foundation last week launched Australian Heart Maps, which is an online resource highlighting how indicators for heart disease are distributed throughout Australia.
 

Chronic care finds new home in Medicare

26 August 2016

The Australian Government announced this week the ten regions across the country that will participate in stage one of the Health Care Homes model for delivering Medicare to Australians with chronic illness.
 

The role of doctors in closing the gap AIDA policy statement 2016

22 August 2016

The Australian Indigenous Doctors rsquo; Association (AIDA) has released a new policy statement for 2016.
 

Research helps treatment of heart attacks and angina in Aboriginal people

18 August 2016

Research carried out by The University of Western Australia (UWA) into the management of Aboriginal heart patients has found that while treatment is improving, more work is needed to ensure that rural patients are getting treatments that match those that are recommended.
 

Mobile health lab aims to reduce chronic disease during National Science Week

9 August 2016

An interactive mobile health laboratory will visit four Northern Territory communities next week as part of National Science Week, to spark people's interest in science and health, and demonstrate how lifestyle choices can impact people's future.
 

Human trials to begin for a Streptococcus A vaccine

3 August 2016

Human trials will begin into a needle-free vaccine for Streptococcus A bacteria, which has been developed by Australian researchers.
 

New Acute Coronary Syndromes (ACS) Guidelines released

3 August 2016

The National Heart Foundation (NHF) and Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSANZ) have released new guidelines on the management of Acute Coronary Syndromes (ACS).
 

Far North Queensland team prepares to ride for heart disease research

2 August 2016

A team of Cairns health workers is gearing up to take on this year's Cardiac Challenge and draw attention to high rates of heart disease among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
 

Survey of RHD needs and priorities

20 July 2016

The World Heart Federation, on behalf of RHD Action, is working with the government of New Zealand to prepare a draft World Health Organisation (WHO) Resolution on rheumatic heart disease (RHD).
 

National Heart Foundation releases new hypertension guidelines

19 July 2016

The National Heart Foundation released new hypertension guidelines this week to assist health professionals when dealing with patients who have high blood pressure.
 

Koori Cook Off for NAIDOC Week

12 July 2016

The third annual Koori Cook Off was part of the Illawarra NAIDOC Family and Community Fun Day, held at Dapto Showground, New South Wales (NSW).
 

Launch of Pilbara Aboriginal Heart Health Program

11 July 2016

The Heart Foundation has launched the Pilbara Aboriginal Heart Health Program in Roebourne, Western Australia (WA).
 

Queensland's new statewide chronic disease program will target Indigenous adults

11 July 2016

The Queensland Government has announced a funding commitment of $27 million over four years to help 10,000 Queenslanders tackle chronic disease.
 

Free screenings during Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Week (4-10 July)

4 July 2016

The Stroke Foundation and hearts4heart are encouraging Australians to attend a free 30-second screening for heartbeat irregularities during Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Week (4 ndash;10 July 2016).
 

New chronic disease portal provides quick access for workforce

30 June 2016

Edith Cowan University's Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet has launched a new online portal for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander chronic disease workforce.
 

Health and community leaders back campaign against chronic disease

16 June 2016

More than 25 health and community leaders have called on all political parties to agree before the election to act to reduce the burden of chronic disease.
 

Helping to close the gap in heart health

8 June 2016

The Heart Foundation has renewed its commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people by launching a new Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) during National Reconciliation Week.
 

Funding boost for NT health research

1 June 2016

Menzies School of Health Research will receive an additional $5 million in the Northern Territory (NT) Budget 2016 to increase support to fund research that is delivering strong economic and health returns for the Territory.
 

High numbers for cardiac outreach in remote Queensland

1 June 2016

Eighty-four (84) people in the remote north-west Queensland communities of Doomadgee and Karumba have received specialist cardiac outreach services so far this financial year.
 

Hypertension day: Indigenous Australians urged to 'know their numbers' to help heart health

20 May 2016

Last Tuesday 17 May, World Hypertension Day, the Chief Medical Advisor of the Heart Foundation, Professor Garry Jennings, said too many Australians risked a heart attack by not monitoring their blood pressure.
 

National strategic framework for chronic conditions: online public consultation on the second draft

18 May 2016

Chronic conditions are long-term public health problems that have ongoing effects.
 

WA Aborignal medical service sector supports Federal Government plan for chronic disease patients

9 May 2016

The Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia (AHCWA) said the Federal Government's new plan to provide better care for people with chronic illnesses amounted to trailing the Aboriginal medical service (AMS) model in non-Aboriginal communities.
 

Stroke Foundation calls for more stroke awareness in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

4 May 2016

The Stroke Foundation is calling for increased stroke awareness initiatives in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
 

Heart week: One conversation can save a life

2 May 2016

Only 38% of patients who have had a heart attack were advised to attend cardiac rehabilitation programs by hospital staff, a Heart Foundation survey of 1,800 heart attack survivors has shown.
 

2,100 reasons for cardiac rehabiliation

29 April 2016

Greater uptake of life-saving cardiac rehabilitation programs for heart attack survivors could reduced costs to the national health system by $35.5 million and stop 2,100 heart attacks across Australia per year, according to new Heart Foundation research.
 

Heart week 2016

28 April 2016

Heart week this year will take place from Sunday 1 May to Saturday 7 May.
 

Applications open for Heart Foundation Indigenous research scholarships

6 April 2016

Applications are now open for the latest round of Indigenous research scholarships funded by the Heart Foundation.
 

#PallANZ tweet chat yarning today: High quality, culturally sensitive and respectful palliative care services to Indigenous communities

31 March 2016

A live palliative care yarning tweet-chat will be taking place today, Thursday 31 March, to discuss the delivery of high-quality, culturally sensitive and respectful palliative care services to Indigenous communities.
 

SA rheumatic heart disease program may lose federal funding

24 March 2016

Several National Partnership Agreements will conclude at the end of June this year, including one that funds the South Australia rheumatic heart disease control program.
 

The opportunities for pharmacists to play a role in Aboriginal health services

16 March 2016

There are many opportunities for pharmacists to help improve the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, but it's a complex area to work in.
 

Take Heart: documentary shines light on rheumatic heart disease

14 March 2016

A new Australian documentary aiming to shine a light on rheumatic heart disease (RHD) premiered on Thursday 10 March in Melbourne, Victoria.
 

Ischaemic heart disease remains leading cause of Indigenous deaths

11 March 2016

Ischaemic heart disease remained the leading cause of death for both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous people in Australia in 2014, according to figures released this week by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
 

NSW Blues coach Laurie Daley urges Aboriginal communities to take action in the fight against obesity

4 March 2016

New South Wales (NSW) Blues coach and newly crowned Ambassador of the fifth NSW knockout health challenge, Laurie Daley, has urged Aboriginal communities to take action in the fight against obesity.
 

Australian Government announces $129.4 million in grants to support medical research

3 March 2016

The Turnbull Government has awarded $129.4 million in grants to Australia's preeminent researchers, helping fund Australia's commitment to fostering health and medical research.
 

RHD social media campaign launched

2 March 2016

A social media campaign to promote community awareness of rheumatic heart disease (RHD) is off to a flying start after being launched last week in Western Australia (WA).
 

NT telehealth trial has saved time, money and improved access to care

1 March 2016

An independent evaluation of the Northern Territory's (NT) telehealth trial has recommended that the project continue and that the telehealth network be developed further until the services are embedded into routine practice.
 

ARF and RHD now notifiable in South Australia

24 February 2016

Rheumatic fever (ARF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD) became notifiable diseases in South Australia on 18 February 2016 under the South Australian Public Health Act 2011.
 

Australia's Healthy weight week - wrap up

24 February 2016

Australia's Healthy weight week 2016 finished on Sunday 21 February as the largest campaign ever.
 

Community 'thrilled' with healthy cook-ups

23 February 2016

A healthy beef and vegetable stew served with rice had mouths watering as Apunipima community dietitians helped residents of Cape York, Queensland, cook healthy meals.
 

National Heart Foundation response to release of Closing the Gap progress report

10 February 2016

The National Heart Foundation has responded to the release today of the Close the gap steering committee progress and priorities report 2016, on the 10th anniversary of the Close the gap campaign.
 

The Indigenous marathon project is recruiting for the 2016 New York City Marathon

14 January 2016

The Indigenous marathon project (IMP) annually selects, educates, trains and takes a group of inspirational Australian Indigenous men and women aged 18 - 30 to compete in the world rsquo;s biggest marathon, the New York City Marathon, held in November each year.
 

2016 Healthway research funding round now open

12 January 2016

The 2016 Healthway research funding round is now open.
 

Tackling Indigenous smoking - regional tobacco control grants (2015-2018)

12 January 2016

The Tackling Indigenous Smoking (TIS) regional tobacco control grants are aimed at improving the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through population health activities to reduce tobacco use.
 

Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service to target obesity in 2016

11 January 2016

An obesity clinic will be introduced to Canberra's primary Aboriginal health service this year in an attempt to stem weight problems and diabetes rates in the community.
 

Study reveals effects of plain packaging on tobacco products among Australian Indigenous people

11 January 2016

Following the introduction of plain packaging on tobacco products in 2012, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were 12% less likely to think certain tobacco brands were less harmful than others, a new study found.
 

Culture could aid in stroke recovery tests

18 December 2015

Cairns Elder, Gudju Gudju, is advocating for the inclusion of cultural knowledge questions in the tests that are administered to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to measure the progress of their recovery from stroke.
 

Culturally sensitive stroke rehabilitation gets a boost

16 December 2015

Associate Professor Natalie Ciccone and colleagues from Edith Cowan University will receive almost $50,000 in funding to deliver the Wangi (talking) project, a feasibility study of a culturally sensitive rehabilitation model for Aboriginal people post stroke, following today's announcement of 2016 National Stroke Foundation annual grant recipients.
 

Legacy of innovation in Aboriginal cardiac research

9 December 2015

The Director of Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, and a pioneering figure in Aboriginal cardiac research, will retire at the end of 2015.
 

The Lowitja Institute Research Leadership Award

8 December 2015

The winner of the 2015 Lowitja Institute Research Leadership Award is Professor Sandra Eades, Domain Head of Aboriginal Health and Disadvantaged Communities at Baker IDIHeart and Diabetes Institute.
 

Concerns about whether Closing the gap targets will be reached

4 December 2015

A report released by the Productivity Commission this week has raised concerns about whether the Federal Government will meet the Closing the gap targets, which aim to address Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander disadvantage.
 

Elcho Island women return to traditional foods and witness the health benefits

2 December 2015

A group of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women on a remote island off Australia's northern coastline are working to start their own health retreat, after overcoming chronic disease by returning to the land and the ocean.
 

Indigenous Australians more likely to be at risk for, and die from, CVD, diabetes and kidney disease

26 November 2015

A new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare shows that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are more likely than non-Indigenous people to be hospitalised for, and die from cardiovascular disease (CVD), diabetes and chronic kidney disease (CKD).
 

Improved rate of penicillin injections for RHD patients in SA

9 November 2015

The South Australian Minister for Health has released an encouraging statement about treatment rates for Aboriginal children in South Australia who have rheumatic heart disease (RHD).
 

Kitty combats rheumatic heart disease in Western Australia

5 November 2015

Kitty, a 12 year old girl from Kalumburu in far north Western Australia, was diagnosed with rheumatic heart disease (RHD) in January 2015.
 

Acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease now notifiable in NSW

4 November 2015

From 2 October 2015, New South Wales Health has made both acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD) notifiable under the Public Health Act, and established a voluntary register for people with rheumatic fever and/or RHD to improve the long term clinical care of these patients.
 

Deadly cook off in the heart of Tamworth

4 November 2015

A collaboration of local organisations in Tamworth, New South Wales (NSW), has organised the inaugural Deadly cook off, which aims to bring together members of the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community who are keen to hone their culinary skills and demonstrate how healthy meals can still be delicious.
 

New campaign to target sugary soft drinks

12 October 2015

An ad campaign from the Cancer Council, Heart Foundation and West Australian Health Department that aims to reduce Australians' daily intake of high sugar content soft drink is being rolled out in Victoria.
 

New CDN Coordinator highlights 19th Annual Chronic Diseases Network conference lineup

22 September 2015

The new Chronic Diseases Network (CDN) Coordinator, Alexis Nguyen is looking forward to the fabulous lineup of speakers and sessions at the 19th Annual Chronic Disease Network Conference taking place in Darwin, Northern Territory this week on Thursday 24 and Friday 25 September 2015.
 

Remote Indigenous children at higher risk of heart problems

14 September 2015

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in Australia's remote communities are at more risk of rheumatic heart disease (RHD) than non-Indigenous children.
 

New framework for nurse practitioners specialising in rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease

26 August 2015

RHDAustralia has recently released a new framework which presents a case for a nurse practitioner role in the prevention and management of acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD).
 

Men's heart failure yarning session

19 August 2015

Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service is trying a new tactic in tackling heart disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men.
 

New health initiative to reduce chronic disease in Aboriginal community

18 August 2015

Hunter New England Health in New South Wales, is launching a new initiative which aims to close the health gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.
 

Department of Health inviting feedback on discussion paper addressing care of patients with chronic and complex conditions

6 August 2015

The Department of Health has released an options discussion paper, Better outcomes for people living with chronic and complex health conditions through primary health care, and is inviting feedback from patients, health professionals and interested parties.
 

New report sets benchmarks to measure cardiac care and outcomes for Indigenous people

4 August 2015

A new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) shows that there have been some improvements in cardiac care, and lower death rates from cardiac conditions for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
 

Point of care testing for renal failure and chest pain

28 July 2015

Flinders University researchers are planning to run a study in six remote health centres in the Northern Territory to determine the patient benefits and cost savings of using point-of-care testing (POCT) devices.The International Centre for Point-of-Care Testing at Flinders University, South Australia, will undertake the research following a $95,000 grant from the Emergency Medicine Foundation.
 

Kowanyama residents learn about healthy lifestyles to avoid chronic disease

28 July 2015

Residents of the remote community of Kowanyama, in the Cape York region of Queensland, were recently provided with an education session to learn about the importance of healthy lifestyles for avoiding chronic diseases.
 

Campaign to raise funds for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health organisation

28 July 2015

Graham 'Buzz' Bidstrup, Chief Executive of the Jimmy Little Foundation, has launched a campaign to raise funds for the organisation to continue to run a number of programs, which provide services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with, or at risk of a chronic disease.
 

RHDAustralia travels to Barunga to paint the story of rheumatic fever

2 July 2015

RHDAustralia travelled to Barunga Festival for the second successive year to teach children and their parents about the causes of rheumatic fever, and some easy preventative strategies to help avoid Group A streptococcus, the germ that causes acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD).
 

New bid to tackle rheumatic heart disease rates

22 June 2015

Rheumatic heart disease (RHD) has joined acute rheumatic fever (ARF) in becoming a notifiable condition in Western Australia (WA), in a bid to reduce its impact on remote Indigenous communities.
 

AHCWA welcome release of report into Aboriginal health programs

10 June 2015

Western Australia's (WA) peak Aboriginal health organisation has welcomed the release of a review into the performance of Aboriginal health programs, but says it still has some questions the State government needs to answer.
 

Queensland researchers on the verge of Streptococcus A disease vaccine

3 June 2015

Queensland researchers believe immunisation against streptococcal disease is within reach, after a 30-month trial of their experimental combination therapy proved successful on mice.
 

Thumbs up for trial allowing older Indigenous patients to monitor health with technology

26 May 2015

A pilot project using computer tablets to help elderly Indigenous people keep track of their health has been hailed a success.
 

Pilbara Aboriginal community gives go ahead to new heart health program

20 May 2015

The Heart Foundation WA and Chevron Australia have announced the development of an Aboriginal heart health program in the Pilbara region of Western Australia (WA), after resounding support from the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, their families and the broader community.
 

Aurukun kids get healthier start to school life

19 May 2015

Apunipima Cape York Health Council carried out 127 health screenings for students at the Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy in community.
 

Budget 2015-16: information of relevance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health

13 May 2015

Federal Treasurer, Joe Hockey, delivered his second Australian Government Budget on Tuesday evening, 12 May 2015.
 

Apunipima Cape York Health Council promotes healthy lifestyles for Heart week

7 May 2015

'Spend less time on your seat and more time on your feet' is the message underpinning Apunipima Cape York Health Council's healthy lifestyle reminders to communities for Heart week.
 

Overview of Australian Indigenous health status 2014 released

29 April 2015

The Overview of Australian Indigenous health status 2014 (Overview) has been released, and is now freely available from the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet web resource.
 

Heart week 2015

15 April 2015

Heart week 2015 will take place this year from Sunday 3 May to Saturday 9 May.
 

Report released: Australian burden of disease study: fatal burden of disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 2010

10 April 2015

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has recently released their second report in the Australian burden of disease study series.
 

CQUniversity researchers host workshops to address Indigenous chronic disease

9 April 2015

CQUniversity researchers have held a series of workshops and interviews as part of a project exploring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge, experiences and perceptions of chronic disease conditions in the greater Rockhampton region, Queensland (Qld).
 

Heart Foundation warns access to healthy, fresh food is a major barrier to health

30 March 2015

The National Heart Foundation Cultural Lead, Vicki Wade, has welcomed the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) nutrition data released recently, but warned that access to healthy, fresh food is a major barrier to health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
 

Rheumatic fever vaccine within reach

20 March 2015

A trans-Tasman working group investigating vaccine options for rheumatic fever, a major health issue in Australia and New Zealand, says a preventative medication is closer than it's ever been.
 

Top paediatric health specialist sets focus on scabies mite

17 March 2015

Telethon Kids Institute Director, Professor Jonathon Carapetis, is calling for increased attention to one of the smallest irritants in Aboriginal communities, the scabies mite, which would provide some relief from the largest health and social problems.
 

Broome residents take heart for important health cause

13 March 2015

The WA RHD control program, based in the Kimberley Population Health Unit in Broome, Western Australia (WA) hosted an outdoor film night in its township to raise awareness about rheumatic heart disease (RHD).
 

New tool used at Hopevale to improve heart health

13 March 2015

A new tool, Your heart forecast, is being used at Hopevale, in Queensland, to demonstrate a person's risk of heart attack, stroke and other major artery diseases.
 

Poche Indigenous health centre opens in Queensland

11 March 2015

Improving health outcomes for urban Indigenous people will be the focus of the new University of Queensland (UQ) Poche Centre for Indigenous Health, opened officially this week.
 

New Centre for Research Excellence: $2.5 million funding boost for RHD research

11 March 2015

Researchers at the Telethon Kids Institute in Perth, Western Australia, were awarded more than $11 million in funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) in October 2014.
 

Travelling skipping team to target health inequities in rural NSW schools

4 March 2015

The Heart Foundation is partnering with La Perouse Public School to launch a new initiative that aims to help close the gap in children's health in New South Wales (NSW).
 

Closing the gap on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heart health outcomes

3 March 2015

The Heart Foundation's Leader on Aboriginal Health, Vicki Wade, is joining in the call for Government to stay the course and continue to lead the Closing the gap strategy, in coordination with all state governments.
 

Health bodies concerned about decision not to label trans fats

27 February 2015

Health experts are concerned about Australia's decision not to label trans fats in food, which are linked to heart disease and cancer, and consumed at dangerously high levels.
 

Report released: Information for action: improving the heart health story for Aboriginal people in WA

23 February 2015

The Western Australian Centre for Rural Health has released a report which draws on research looking at disparities between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Western Australians (WA) in cardiovascular health and health care.
 

Health coaching significantly improves risk outcomes for chronic disease sufferers

17 February 2015

A telephone-based coaching program in Queensland has been shown to reduce risk factors for cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes in both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal participants.
 

Closing the gap annual reports released

11 February 2015

Two critical reports were released today, the Closing the gap: Prime Minister's report 2015 and the Closing the gap - progress and priorities report prepared by the Close the Gap Steering Committee.
 

Aiming for a slam dunk on chronic disease

10 February 2015

The far north's front-running Central Queensland University (CQU) Cairns Taipans are lending their deadly support to a new drive to combat chronic disease in Cape York communities.
 

Health checks aim to ensure clean bill of health

10 February 2015

Apunipima Cape York Health Council is offering free checks to the community of Hopevale, Queensland, to assist the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to maintain good health.
 

Indigenous use of aged care services far less than that of wider population

29 January 2015

Indigenous Australians seek aged care services at just over one-third the rate of the wider population, a Productivity Commission report has found, despite requiring aged care facilities earlier due to high rates of disability and chronic disease.
 

Cardiovascular risk screening study improving outcomes for patients

21 January 2015

A 40,000 patient strong study into the use of the HealthTracker clinical decision support tool in primary care has shown it can increase screening of patients at high risk of developing cardiovascular disease, and contributes new evidence on the effect of technology-assisted interventions to improve healthcare quality.
 

National register to track numbers of rheumatic heart disease sufferers

12 January 2015

There is hope among health workers that the creation of a national database will help reduce the number of people suffering rheumatic heart disease (RHD).
 

Heart condition twice as common in Indigenous people

7 January 2015

Research from the University of Adelaide shows Indigenous Australians suffer from a serious heart rhythm disorder twice as commonly as non-Indigenous people.
 

Rheumatic heart disease at record rates in young Indigenous people

3 December 2014

RHD Australia, an initiative of Menzies School of Health Research, has called attention to the continuing major health problem of rheumatic heart disease (RHD), with some Indigenous communities recording the highest rates in the world.
 

Novel approach to improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait chronic disease outcomes

2 December 2014

Chronic disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is a major concern for implementing appropriate health services that consider the role of culture and family in maintaining a person's holistic wellbeing.
 

Rehabilitation programs aim to close the gap

21 November 2014

Tobwabba Aboriginal Medical Centre, based in New South Wales (NSW), has started two rehabilitation programs in the hope of attracting more Indigenous patients to their services.
 

Cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic kidney disease: Australian facts: prevalence and incidence released

19 November 2014

A report released this week by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) shows that in 2011-12, over one in four (29%) Australian adults had cardiovascular disease (CVD), diabetes, or chronic kidney disease (CKD).
 

Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage: key indicators 2014 released

19 November 2014

The Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision have recently released the report, Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage: key indicators 2014.
 

Data from Mount Isa maternity unit to be used for rheumatic heart disease research

11 November 2014

Data collected from the Mount Isa Hospital's maternity unit will be used in a two-year study into the impact of rheumatic heart disease (RHD) on women in pregnancy.
 

Dr Calma urges support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders survey

11 November 2014

Specially trained interviewers from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) have started collecting information from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across Australia for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS).
 

Cardiovascular disease and diabetes symposium speaker presentations

10 November 2014

Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute has released the majority of the speaker presentations from the recent Cardiovascular disease (CVD) and diabetes symposium held in Alice Springs in October 2014.
 

Nutrition is key to closing the Indigenous life expectancy gap

6 November 2014

Experts in the field of Indigenous health are urging a greater focus on nutrition as one of the most important determinants of health.
 

Port Augusta City Council wins national award

3 November 2014

Port Augusta City Council has been awarded the national winner of the 2014 Heart Foundation local government awards.
 

Cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic kidney disease - Australian facts: mortality released

24 October 2014

Cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic kidney disease were the underlying cause of 36 percent of all deaths in 2011, according to a report released this week by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).
 

Researchers, communities, government and not-for-profit sector band together to improve Indigenous health outcomes

17 October 2014

Health and medical researchers have teamed up with Indigenous community organisations, policymakers, businesses and others on the frontlines of health care delivery to help improve the health of Indigenous communities, as part of five National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Partnership project grants announced today.
 

New tools to support health services deliver better programs

15 October 2014

A strong desire to support health workers deliver better programs to prevent chronic disease was the motivation behind a research project undertaken by a Charles Darwin University (CDU) PhD candidate who will graduate this week.
 

25 years of Heart Foundation Tick program

14 October 2014

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Heart Foundation's Tick program, a public health initiative undertaken to help consumers make healthier food choices and to drive critically important changes to the food supply.
 

Indigenous dementia rates three times higher than general population

7 October 2014

The peak body for Alzheimer's sufferers and their carers has said that not enough is being done to combat a 'looming epidemic' of Indigenous Australians suffering dementia.
 

National approach needed to improve specialist care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

6 October 2014

Despite a higher burden of illness and chronic disease, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people access fewer Medicare-rebated specialist services than non-Indigenous people, prompting calls from a peak medical group for a national approach to address the inequity.
 

Framework for nurse practitioner role to specialise in ARF and RHD being developed

2 October 2014

RHDAustralia and a multidisciplinary working group have begun to develop a framework for a nurse practitioner role to specialise in acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD).
 

RHDAustralia seeking feedback on potential app to diagnose acute rheumatic fever

1 October 2014

RHDAustralia is seeking feedback on the usefulness of an app to diagnose acute rheumatic fever (ARF).
 

Aboriginal stroke health booklet to save lives

30 September 2014

A Gomeroi woman from New South Wales, Pam Smith, is urging people to educate themselves about the warning signs of stroke, sharing her own experience of the disease in a stroke education booklet developed specifically for Indigenous communities in the Narrabri region.
 

Collaboration aims for rheumatic fever vaccine

23 September 2014

Australian and New Zealand researchers are teaming up to tackle the challenge of developing a vaccine for rheumatic fever.
 

CSU researcher looking to address high rates of heart disease in Indigenous men

15 September 2014

Charles Sturt University (CSU) PhD researcher and lecturer, Brett Biles, is researching why Indigenous men are being diagnosed with heart disease much younger than non-Indigenous men, and hopes to develop and implement a tailored cardiovascular exercise and education program for Indigenous men in regional areas.
 

Cardiovascular disease will remain a major contributor to gap in life expectancy

11 September 2014

The Heart Foundation has said that cardiovascular disease will remain a major contributor to the gap in life expectancy, after the release of a landmark biomedical health survey showed that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have high rates of risk factors for heart disease, including diabetes, kidney disease and high cholesterol.
 

Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey: biomedical results, 2012-13 released

11 September 2014

The Australian Bureau of Statistics have released the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey: biomedical results, 2012-13, the largest biomedical survey ever conducted for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.
 

National stroke week

9 September 2014

This week is National stroke week, which aims to raise awareness about the occurrence of strokes, risk factors and stroke prevention in Australia.
 

NSW knockout health challenge boosts fitness

9 September 2014

A health promotion program organised by New South Wales (NSW) Health in conjunction with NSW Rugby League has seen participants make positive changes to both their health and lifestyles.
 

Skin sores research to improve health of children

27 August 2014

A Northern Territory (NT) based research project investigating alternative and more practical treatments for skin sores (impetigo) is set to benefit the millions of children worldwide who suffer from this infection, as well as Australian Indigenous children, who are disproportionately affected by impetigo.
 

Update on the qualitative study of RHD in pregnancy in the Northern Territory

19 August 2014

The Australasian Maternity Outcomes Surveillance System (AMOSS) is conducting a study into rheumatic heart disease (RHD) in pregnancy in the Northern Territory (NT).
 

Doctors urged to spot rheumatic fever

13 August 2014

Doctors across Australia are being urged to be on the lookout for the preventable illness, acute rheumatic fever (ARF), which leads to rheumatic heart disease (RHD).
 

Health improvement follows better service access in Napranum

12 August 2014

A clinical audit undertaken by Apunipima Cape York Health Council's Dr Fiona Purcell has shown that people who have greater access to health services markedly improve their blood pressure and diabetes control.
 

RHDAustralia to launch new e-learning modules targeting rheumatic heart disease

12 August 2014

RHDAustralia is this week launching 15 new clinician e-learning modules as part of Australia's Rheumatic fever strategy that aims to tackle the world's highest recorded rate of acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease.
 

Apunipima to highlight Deadly choices message at Mapoon community day

11 August 2014

Apunipima Cape York Health Council is holding a Deadly choices community day this week with the people of Mapoon, Queensland (Qld), encouraging healthy lifestyle choices in the areas of nutrition, smoking and physical activity.
 

New app helps patients to stay on their meds

29 July 2014

Hundreds of thousands of Australians who don rsquo;t take their heart medicines as prescribed can now better manage their dosage and routine through a new smart phone app launched by the National Heart Foundation of Australia.
 

CQUniversity researchers to investigate chronic disease conditions in Rockhampton

22 July 2014

Researchers from CQUniversity were recently awarded with a $45,194 grant from Central Queensland Medicare Local to commence a study that explores Indigenous knowledge, experiences and perceptions of chronic disease conditions in the greater Rockhampton region.
 

BRAMS' healthy vision

7 July 2014

In 1978 with nothing but a vision and the help of volunteers dedicated to improving the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the Kimberley region, of Western Australia, the Broome Regional Aboriginal Medical Service (BRAMS) opened its doors.
 

A framework for overcoming disparities in management of acute coronary syndromes in the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population

3 July 2014

This consensus statement calls for reforms to the health system to provide pathways of care that help eliminate the differences in diagnostic investigation rates, cardiac intervention rates and outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients with non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients.
 

Death more likely for women suffering second heart attack: report

2 July 2014

Female heart attack victims are more likely to die from a second heart attack than their male counterparts, new research has found.
 

Study reveals fruit and vegetables delay onset of multiple chronic diseases

27 June 2014

In the first study of its kind, a group of international scientists have examined the role of a healthy diet in delaying the onset of multiple chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure.
 

Preventative dental care reduces heart disease risk

27 June 2014

A key risk factor for heart disease can be markedly reduced with a simple and non-surgical gum treatment, also known as a scale and clean, according to the findings from a new study conducted among Indigenous Australians.
 

Challenges to close the gaps in health

26 June 2014

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are still three times more likely to die from avoidable diseases than other Australians.
 

Indigenous Australians more likely to die from CHD and COPD, but some positive trends emerging

26 June 2014

Indigenous Australians more likely to die from coronary heart disease (CHD) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) than non-Indigenous Australians, according to a report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).
 

Action needed to reduce disparities of care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians experiencing a heart attack or angina

24 June 2014

The National Heart Foundation of Australia has published a new framework in the Medical Journal of Australia on how to reduce the disparities in care for acute coronary syndromes (heart attacks and angina) in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.
 

Living longer, smoking less but eating ourselves sick

12 June 2014

According to an extensive report on health care by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) reform council, Australian are living longer, smoking less and fewer children are dying.
 

Red alert: Women still unaware of their risks of number one killer

3 June 2014

The Heart Foundation has launched it's annual Go red for women campaign.
 

Health overhaul closes the gap

26 May 2014

Six months has been added to the life expectancy of Aboriginal people living in south east Queensland with the launch of streamlined chronic disease services and aggressive preventive health programs masterminded by local Indigenous medical clinics.
 

Bid to cut rheumatic heart disease rates

19 May 2014

Efforts are being made in Australia to reduce the high rates of rheumatic heart disease (RHD) in remote Aboriginal communities and refugee groups.
 

New bid to tackle Third World rates of rheumatic heart disease

15 May 2014

New strategies for rheumatic heart disease (RHD) have been proposed to help address the rates in Australia that are amongst the highest in the world.
 

Heart health disparities: ethnic groups in Asia - Pacific at greater risk of cardiovascular disease

12 May 2014

People from ethnic minorities and those from lower socio-economic groups are at significantly higher risk of experiencing cardiovascular disease (CVD) than the rest of the population, according to widespread research to be presented at the World Heart Federation rsquo;s World Congress of Cardiology (WCC).
 

New agreement to strengthen Aboriginal health initiatives in Central Australia

12 May 2014

In a move designed to bring greater resources to bear on Aboriginal health in Central Australia, the largest Aboriginal health service in the Northern Territory will join forces with one of Australia's most prominent medical research institutes under a new agreement to be signed today.
 

Obesity, inactivity, bad diet feared causes of slowing decline in heart disease deaths

8 May 2014

Experts fear obesity, poor diet and lack of exercise may be the reason for a slowing decline in heart disease deaths for middle-aged Australians.
 

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 rsquo;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: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Western-Australian-health-workers-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.
 

Victorian Aborigines are missing out on heart care

25 October 2010

Research into Victorian hospital data between 2005 and 2008 revealed that Victorian Aborigines are missing out on essential interventions for managing heart disease.
 

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.
 

Nutritionists warn gap won't close if Indigenous diet doesn't improve

Australian nutritionists are warning that an emphasis on nutrition, and not just smoking and drinking, is required in Indigenous communities for the gap in life expectancy between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians to close.
 

Eurobodalla boot camp initiative kickstarting healthy lifestyles

Local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents of Eurobodalla, in New South Wales, have been taking part in a boot camp twice a week at Hanging Rock, as part of the George Rose knockout health challenge, a state wide competition offering $20,000 to the team which loses the most weight.
 
 
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