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Advocating for healthy hearts throughout Australia

We're addressing the disparities in heart health so all Australians can live longer, healthier lives.

Leading the way to change and help save lives in the fight against heart disease through prevention, support and research.

The Heart Foundation is dedicated to making a real difference to the heart health of all Australians and breaking down disparities. This includes advocating to government and industry for legislative enhancements to infrastructure, accessibility to heart health care for all Australians, policy improvements plus funding for world-class cardiovascular research. ​

Advocacy at the Heart Foundation involves:

  • Making submissions to government with cost-effective initiatives to address gaps in prevention, diagnosis and treatment, support and care and research for heart health.
  • Advocating for health system enhancements to reduce absolute risk for heart disease, plus improve accessibility and rehabilitation attendance management for all Australians.
  • Prioritising the eradication of rheumatic disease predominantly amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities through increased funding for prevention, treatment and research programs.
  • Amplifying education and restrictions on tobacco and e-cigarette sale, consumption and advertising.
  • Obesity, Food and Nutrition advocacy for legislative changes, for consumers to have the tools and knowledge to make healthy choices and access for disadvantaged communities with subsidies for remote communities.
  • Advocating for healthier living environments with physical activity through planning, built environments and transport solutions for schools, workplaces and communities in both metro, regional environments.

Our day-to-day advocacy activity

Ongoing work is done through the Heart Foundation advocacy government submissions. These proposals provide a suite of practical policy proposals to bridge the gaps in the current legislation and budget to aid accessibility to all Australians including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islands as well as enhance the services and support available for preventing, treating and managing cardiovascular disease.

The Heart Foundation Advocacy and Public Policy Team advocates on behalf of researchers, clinicians, health professionals and consumers to improve the heart health of all Australians. The team is made up of national and state-based staff located across the country, working together with CEOs and our health team, to implement the advocacy goals in our One Heart strategy through targeted strategies that may include:
  • Meetings with ministers, members of parliament, government departments and stakeholders
  • Presenting evidence at government inquiries and making submissions on important issues relating to heart health
  • Preparation of comprehensive national and state-based budget submissions highlighting priorities in heart health
  • Policy development including the identification of issues, analysis of evidence, consultation, formulation and implementation
  • Advocating for heart health policies and programs in the lead up to elections
  • Development of publications and position statements, commissioning and publishing research, media campaigns and events.


Are you at risk of heart disease?

Are you at risk of heart disease?

Are you at risk of heart disease?

There is no single cause for any one heart condition, but there are risk factors that increase your chance of developing one. ...

Heart Age Calculator

Heart Age Calculator

Heart Age Calculator

Try our Heart Age Calculator to understand what contributes to your risk of heart disease....

Fundraise to save Australian hearts

Fundraise to save Australian hearts

Fundraise to save Australian hearts

Join the Heart Foundation community. Together, we can make a real difference for Australian hearts. ...

Clinical Guidelines

Clinical Guidelines

Clinical Guidelines

Full list of clinical guidlines and references for CVD, heart failure, ACS, hypertension, atrial fibrillation, SCAD and RHD...

Support and resources for health care professionals

Support and resources for health care professionals

Support and resources for health care professionals

Our range of clinical and patient support resources are available for you to use in your daily practice....

Support us and help save Australian hearts

Support us and help save Australian hearts

Support us and help save Australian hearts

Join the fight against Australia’s biggest killer by supporting the Heart Foundation.  ...

Heart Foundation Recovery Support and Resources

Heart Foundation Recovery Support and Resources

Heart Foundation Recovery Support and Resources

Heart Foundation programs and resources to support your recovery....

Kylie defied the heart attack stereotypes

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CVD & COVID-19 webinar

CVD & COVID-19 webinar

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Health professional online learning

Health professional online learning

We offer a number of modules focused on improving cardiovascular care....

Physical activity resources

Physical activity resources

Physical activity resources

Resources for health professionals interested in physical activity....

Create your fundraiser at Do it for Heart

Create your fundraiser at Do it for Heart

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Become a Heart Foundation fundraiser and make a real difference to your community....

Gerry had heart attack warning signs on his dream holiday.

Gerry had heart attack warning signs on his dream holiday.

Gerry had heart attack warning signs on his dream holiday.

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Heart-healthy drinks

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While water is clearly the most heart-healthy drink, there are ther drinks that can be enjoyed in moderation. ...

Action Plans

Action Plans

Action Plans

Recovery is a long journey, so having a plan makes a huge difference. Using an action plan gives you a step-by-step guide to improving your lifestyle....

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Training Centre

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Training Centre

Training to support identification of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients, in line with standard practice....

Absolute CVD risk assessment resources

Absolute CVD risk assessment resources

Resources and clinical information for health professionals...

Our Annual Reports

Our Annual Reports

Our Annual Reports

Discover our Annual reports from 2013 onwards. ...

Relationships and sex after a heart attack

Relationships and sex after a heart attack

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Explore some useful things to know about intimacy after a heart attack....

Applying for research funding with the Heart Foundation

Applying for research funding with the Heart Foundation

Applying for research funding with the Heart Foundation

Discover more about our various funding programs, requirements, and application dates now....

Keeping your heart healthy

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Keeping your heart healthy

Keeping your heart healthy is something you can work on every day. ...

Feelings and emotions after a heart attack

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Feelings and emotions after a heart attack

This is a guide to how you might be feeling after a heart attack. ...

Key Statistics: Heart Failure

Key Statistics: Heart Failure

David’s shock heart failure diagnosis was just the start of a tough journey

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David's heart failure diagnosis led to significant changes in his life....

Lunch recipes

Lunch recipes

Lunch recipes

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Q&A with Lauren Blekkenhorst

Q&A with Lauren Blekkenhorst

Q&A with Lauren Blekkenhorst

Research to develop better evidence for the vascular and metabolic health benefits of vegetables and their bioactive constituents....

Pilbara Aboriginal Heart Health Program

Pilbara Aboriginal Heart Health Program

Pilbara Aboriginal Heart Health Program

The program works with local communities to improve heart healthcare in Pilbara communities...

Dinner recipes

Dinner recipes

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Search our heart healthy dinner recipes for tonights main meal...

Chicken recipes

Chicken recipes

Chicken recipes

Find heart healthy chicken recipes....