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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

My heart my family our culture



The My heart my family our culture (MHMFOC) project, run by the Heart Foundation of Western Australia (WA), commenced in 2004. It focused on risk factor prevention for heart disease. By sharing information and raising awareness about heart disease risk factors, participants may be more able to reduce their risk of chronic diseases by self management.

Project management and resource development was led by the Aboriginal Health Manager from the Aboriginal Health Team in the Heart Foundation WA. The project was funded with a grant from Healthway, the Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (OATSIH) and the WA Department of Health.

The MHMFOC program included the development of two resource packages, one for consumers the other for health professionals.

The consumer resource pack included:

The health professionals' resource pack included:

Evaluation of the program found that the MHMFOC resources were well accepted by the Aboriginal community overall. They were well received by health professionals and consumers alike. The fridge magnet and food ideas book were particularly popular.

Health professionals (Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal) found the resources well accepted and useful tools to communicate health messages to their clients. There were some suggestions to use fewer words and more pictures on the flip charts and risk factor handouts.

The success of the project has been credited to two main factors:

Abstract adapted from the Heart Foundation


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Related publications

My heart my family our culture [consumer resource kit] (2011)

National Heart Foundation of Australia

This resource package has been created by the Heart Foundation to encourage health professionals to use the resources in discussion with their Aboriginal clients. It contains three separate items to inform people about how to look after their hearts:

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

My heart my family our culture [health professional resource kit] (2011)

National Heart Foundation of Australia

This resource kit for health professionals contains five Indigenous specific items containing information about risk factors and warning signs of cardiovascular disease (CVD):

Although all items are about the same topic, they contain different levels of information, so the health professional can choose the resource to suit their audience. The information booklet is designed to provide background information to the health worker, and the other resources are designed to show to members of the general public while providing detailed explanations.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Evaluated publications

National Heart Foundation (2010)

My Heart My Family Our Culture (MHMFOC) project resources: final report.

: National Heart Foundation


Last updated: 28 February 2014
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