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Vision 2050

The National Heart Foundation of Australia is developing a 25-year vision.

  • Coronary heart disease remains the leading cause of death in Australia — accounting for over 17,000 deaths each year.
  • If nothing changes, Australia can expect to see 1.37 million individuals experience a cardiovascular disease (CVD) event from 2020 – 2029, resulting in $62 billion in healthcare costs and $79 billion in indirect costs.
  • Failure to prevent the growing burden of CVD and associated chronic conditions threatens both our health system and our length and quality of life.
  • To respond to this urgent need, the Heart Foundation is focusing on investing in and implementing a long-term, coordinated and collaborative approach to drive research, innovation and translation in CVD in Australia.

Why 25 years?

It takes time to create this kind of impact.

Some of the incredible advances in cardiovascular disease over the last 50 years have taken decades to accomplish.

So, we’re now planning for the next long-term investment in heart health and the battle against heart disease.

We’re going to work with the wonderful community of support that got us this far over the last 60 years of the Heart Foundation - from researchers, clinicians and patients, to governments, volunteers and donors - to make 2050 the heart healthiest year ever.

Vision 2050 and Roundtable FAQs

What is Vision 2050?

  • Vision 2050 is the Heart Foundation’s aspiration for improving heart health and preventing cardiovascular disease for all people in Australia over the next 25 years.
  • Coronary heart disease remains the leading cause of death in Australia — accounting for over 17,000 deaths each year.
  • If nothing changes, Australia can expect to see 1.37 million individuals experience a cardiovascular disease (CVD) event from 2020 – 2029, resulting in $62 billion in healthcare costs and $79 billion in indirect costs.
  • Failure to prevent the growing burden of CVD and associated chronic conditions threatens both our health system and our length and quality of life.
  • To respond to this urgent need, the Heart Foundation is focusing on investing in, collaborating and implementing a long-term, coordinated and collaborative approach to drive research, innovation and translation in CVD in Australia.
  • Vision 2050 will include a roadmap for action, setting the path towards our next generation of impact.
  • We want the generation in Australia that turns 50 in 2050 to be the heart healthiest generation ever.
  • We know it takes time to create this type of impact. Some of the incredible advances in cardiovascular disease we have seen over the last 50 years have taken decades to accomplish – not only to conceptualise and undertake research but to embed the outcomes of that research into policy and practice.
  • With that in mind, the Heart Foundation is developing an ambitious series of connected 5-year strategies focused on priority areas of action needed to reach our goal.
  • The Heart Foundation’s 20-year vision and first 5-year strategy will be launched in early 2025.

  • We want to create a national movement and generational change towards improved heart health and the prevention of cardiovascular disease.
  • As a valued member of the health community, we would like you to be a part of that coalition and work together to create systemic change.
  • We will be working with researchers, clinicians, patients, governments, volunteers and donors to build another 25 years of achievement.
  • How can I get involved?
  • We are embarking on in-person consultation roundtables in each state and territory.
  • You can take part in one of these roundtables by registering at: Heart Foundation Vision 2050 Roundtables booking page

What are the Roundtables about?

  • To introduce what the Heart Foundation is doing and why it’s important.
  • To share our long-term approach and current thinking, discuss emerging trends.
  • To receive input from our stakeholders in each state and territory on priorities to ensure that our aspirations are locally relevant, focused and inclusive.

There are many reasons you were invited. These include:

  • Because you are a part of the wonderful community of support that got us this far over the last 60 years of the Heart Foundation - from researchers, clinicians and patients, to governments, volunteers and donors.
  • We want to hear from you as to what you see as the big things in heart health that need to be tackled over the next 25 years.
  • We would like to share with you what we are doing and developing and explore what needs inclusion to be locally relevant and inclusive.
  • Because together we can create a strong vision for the future of heart health in Australia.
  • Together we can make 2050 the heart healthiest year ever.
  • We understand that the Vision needs to be locally relevant and inclusive.
  • After the Roundtables, we will collate the data, insight and feedback collected.
  • We will use your valuable insights to inform drafting Vision 2050 and further refine strategy development.
  • We value your privacy and valuable insights and all information collected will be for internal Heart Foundation use.
  • Any potential use of quotes will not be attributed to an individual or organisation.
  • Your input will be a valuable contribution to our vision and strategy development, helping us test what we are developing and explore avenues that might not have been on our radar.
  • All information collected will be anonymous and comments shared during the Roundtables will be used for internal Heart Foundation use only.
  • Any potential use of quotes will not be attributed to an individual or organisation.
  • We encourage people who cannot attend a Roundtable to get in contact with us via [email protected] to express their interest in providing feedback.
  • As well as all the hard work and excitement going into developing and planning Vision 2050 and the first five-year strategy, we will be launching the exciting new Catalyst Partnership Grants.
  • Activities for the development of Vision 2050 include:
    • A horizon scan of what is emerging in the world of cardiovascular health and disease.
    • A consultation survey on high level priorities.
    • State and territory consultation roundtables.
    • Iterative development of our Vision statement and first five-year strategy.

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Last updated23 May 2024