2016 Community Grants
The second round of Women and Heart Disease Community Grants were awarded to seven community collaborations across NSW. Congratulations to the following projects:
Heart Disease Awareness for Aboriginal Women in Northern NSW
A collaboration led by Northern NSW Local Health District with local Aboriginal health services will take heart health information to women in 7 communities outside of Lismore. Local health staff in each location will invite 15 women and their buddies to participate in a one-day workshop and a follow up 3 months later to reflect on and celebrate the women’s stories. These heart health champions will then be supported to spread the messages among their communities.
Tharawal Lyrebird Program
Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation in south west Sydney will engage local Aboriginal women into a water exercise and heart health education program. Aboriginal specific education resources and social media messaging will be developed along with training for health professionals to embed education and screening protocols into service provision.
Love Your Heart Program for Iraqi and Syrian refugee women
The NSW Refugee Health Service in collaboration with Arabic speaking bilingual community educators and local service providers will develop and provide group education sessions for women in Fairfield and Liverpool. Women will have their heart health risk factors monitored with links made with local health services.
HealthWISE for Rural Women
New England North West Health Ltd in collaboration with Rural Fit and Hunter New England Local Health District will conduct a series of events reaching women in remote and regional NSW; sites include Tingara, Wee Waa and Armidale. Community nurses will co-ordinate the education events and use social media to communicate key women’s heart health messages.
Love your Heart
Blue Mountains Women’s Health and Resource Centre in collaboration with Mountains Outreach Community Service and Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District will deliver training and provide resources for up to 70 community influencers through a workplace education initiative. Two heart health education courses will be held for community members and messages disseminated through social media and community events.
Love your Family, Love your Heart
Using their extensive community networks, the Chinese Australian Services Society will conduct a forum for Cantonese and Mandarin speaking women in metropolitan Sydney linking women with local service providers and providing resource material in their own language. Articles will be published in local Chinese newspapers and posts made on social media to encourage women to have a heart health check. CASS will also work with the Australian Chinese Medical Association to disseminate heart health messages and resources.
Healthy Hearts for All
Illawarra Women’s Health Centre with The Disability Trust will provide training for peer educators in the disability sector. Education tools such as a flip chart will be developed to enable peer leaders to disseminate the heart health messages at short education sessions conducted through disability services in the Illawarra region. Peer leaders will be provided with the opportunity to present at conferences and events and social media used to promote messages.
Women and Heart Disease Community Grants
The NSW Women and Heart Disease program is again making grants available to community organisations to raise awareness of heart disease in women. The aim is to raise awareness within local NSW communities about heart disease in women and the ways women can reduce their risks.
Applications closed on Friday 15 September 2017. Please contact Angela Hehir for more information.
2017 Community grants
The third round of Women and Heart Disease Community Grants have been awarded to the following five community collaborations across NSW. Congratulations to the successful applicants.
Take your Health to Heart
A collaboration led by the Central Coast Local Health District will target awareness amongst local women aged 30-55 on the Central Coast of NSW, specifically Aboriginal and CALD women, through a series of community events complemented by a social media strategy. A seminar will help to educate health professionals and community workers and encourage referrals for a healthy heart check by women’s health nurses – an initiative to be established as part of the project.
Heart to Heart – Woman to Woman
This is the second successful project from the Illawarra and Shoalhaven Local Health District project team and will seek to build on and extend the reach of educational resources that have been already been created by developing multi-lingual and cross-cultural materials. These will support a series of roadshows across the Illawarra Shoalhaven region, focusing on women aged 40-70 in newly arrived language groups in Arabic, Filipino, Farsi and Tagalog speaking communities.
Ready Set Go! Healthy Heart!
This project will raise heart health awareness amongst older Aboriginal women aged 30-55 residing in rural and outlying communities across the NNSW, including Coraki, Kyogle, Tabulam, Woodenbong, Murwillumbah and Bonalbo. The project team, led by Northern New South Wales Local Health District, aim to introduce an element of fun into the delivery of a serious message by asking communities to nominate a women’s team to participate in a 12week program to improve fitness that will culminate in a competition at a community carnival day. Community health workers will be supported by an information session in each of the targeted locations.
Healthy Hearts for Women in Custody
This project will raise awareness of heart disease and promote healthy hearts amongst women in custody (estimated to be 32 percent Aboriginal) focusing on four Correctional Centres – Dilwynia, Emu Plains, Wellington and Mid North Coast, with centres at Silverwater, Mary Wade and Broken Hill also set to benefit from the project. An educational DVD and other printed resources will be developed and launched at a Healthy Hearts expo at each of the four key centres, with resources also being distributed to the additional sites. This will be complemented by an awareness raising strategy for female staff to be run during Heart Week.
Tamil Women Heart Health Campaign
The NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service together with the Tamil Women’s Development Group will reach out to the Indian and Sri Lankan communities through information sessions and the development of effective multimedia resources in Tamil to promote key messages for communities to prevent serious heart disease. The project will also include the distribution of key messages through social media channels and the community initiative will be supported by an education session for health professionals who work with clients from Tamil speaking backgrounds.