Our purpose is to reduce premature death and suffering from heart, stroke and blood vessel disease in Australia.
Supporting and informing
We help people with, and at risk of, cardiovascular disease by providing comprehensive information and guidance on how to minimise their risk. Annually, we distribute more than 1.3 million heart health brochures. Each year, our health information service and our website provide heart health information to thousands of Australians.
We support and work with all levels of government, other health organisations, the media and community groups to implement policies and programs that improve the heart health of all Australians. This includes programs on cardiovascular health risks such as smoking or physical inactivity, through to recovery and rehabilitation.
To ensure that people diagnosed with cardiovascular disease receive the best possible care, we take the latest research and create practical treatment tools for health practitioners. We want all Australians to have the best heart health in the world, regardless of their income, heritage or address. We work to bridge these gaps in care through programs specifically targeting those Australians at higher risk of cardiovascular disease.
Building healthy communities
We support local governments that change neighbourhoods to create healthier communities. Introducing cycle ways, upgrading walking paths and introducing smoke free outdoor areas are just a few examples of recent initiatives.
Through our community education campaigns and media activities, we promote lifestyle changes to improve the heart health of all Australians. For example, we are educating people about the warning signs of heart attack and, and of the need to call 000 (Triple Zero) so they can get early treatment, to have the best chance of survival.