Sharing stories is how we make sense of the world and our experiences. Heart disease is all to common a story in the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, but sharing stories offers a sense of hope. More stories lead to greater awareness of acute coronary syndromes and other types of heart disease.
Here, those affected by heart disease share their stories.
This is the story of a young man, Jermaine King, who lost his life at 18 to cardiomyopathy. His family are keen to share his story with others to raise awareness that heart health checks are just as important for young aboriginal men and women as those who are older.
Tour Da Country
There are quicker and easier ways than cycling to get from Wollongong on the south coast of NSW to Walgett in north western NSW. But Dale wright didn’t just want to get there, he wanted to make an impact. Dale and his fellow cyclists set off on the Tour Da Country to change lives.
This three-minute film features local Aboriginal women talking about their experiences with heart attacks and related issues. This was produced by filmmaker Lou Glover with involvement from the Katungul Aboriginal Medical Service.