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Take Heart



The Take Heart project aims to raise global awareness and generate insight into prevention of rheumatic heart disease (RHD) through documentary film. The project will create four one-hour documentaries and will feature people with RHD, their families, carers, and associated health professionals. The educational films will be screened at schools, universities and hospitals, where it is hoped that individuals who can affect change for RHD will be the audience.

Take Heart will run for four years from 2013, and has four phases:

The first phase of the project, including the production and premiere of a documentary film about RHD in Australia and the Pacific, has been completed.

Take Heart is an initiative of Moonshine Movies Australia and is supported by the National Heart Foundation, the World Heart Federation and RHDAustralia.

Abstract adapted from Take Heart


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Related publications

Take Heart (2016)

Take Heart [Rheumatic Heart Disease resources].

Retrieved 2016 from

Take heart: the quest to rid Australasia of rheumatic heart disease (RHD) is a film that explores the social, environmental and health factors that place young Indigenous Australian, Māori and Pacific Islander children in Australasia at high risk of rheumatic heart disease. The one-hour feature film follows the stories of four Indigenous Australians - Brooklyn (7), Trenton (8), Carlissa (16) and Liddywoo (17) - over two years, accompanying them through harrowing open-heart surgery, long-term hospital stays, and the reality of daily life with RHD. It examines the complexities involved in balancing traditional lifestyles with the demands of the modern medical system. The film premiered on Thursday 10 March 2016 and is available for purchase on DVD or video-on-demand, or for screening by arrangement with the producers.

The film is complemented by a suite of resources that include online short films, an action toolkit and smartphone apps.

The film is the first in a series of four films that will highlight the RHD situation globally:

Abstract adapted from Take Heart


Last updated: 28 February 2018
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