Health Professional Ambassadors are all heart in the NT

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The 2017 NT Health Professional Ambassadors’ program has been deemed a great success by the Heart Foundation and participants.

Just in its second year in the Northern Territory, the Heart Foundation program has been popular with health workers from a range of professions and locations across the Territory.

This year 21 participants completed the twelve month program which included a practical workplace project and receiving professional development and networking opportunities with other heart health professionals.

“It’s wonderful to have a range of professions from ICU nurses, allied health professionals and community health workers sign up for the Heart Foundation’s Ambassador program,” said Simon Dixon, Heart Foundation Northern Territory CEO.

“The fact that the program has grown tells me that we are providing a great opportunity to health workers interested in cardiovascular health in the Northern Territory.”

 “The program has been designed to give practical support to health professionals so that they in turn can provide quality care to people with heart disease,” said Simon.

“It is also beneficial to the Heart Foundation as we get to connect with local communities via the health workers who will continue to be heart health ambassadors long after they’ve graduated from the program.”

The program included workshops in Alice Springs and Darwin, with participants travelling from regional communities to attend.

“This year we had our first participant from the Tiwi Islands and professionals from as far away as Tennant Creek and Katherine” said Simon.

“The quality and scope of the workplace projects has been a great credit to the participants and is a wonderful legacy that we are sure will help improve health outcomes in their communities.”

The Heart Foundation Health Ambassadors will be presenting their projects at a workshop in Darwin on Friday 24th November.

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Media contact: Paula Lazzarini, E: paula.lazzarini@heartfoundation.org.au M: 0427 610 589

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