National Heart Foundation of Australia

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National Heart Foundation of Australia
National Heart Foundation of Australia logo.svg
Registration No. ABN 98 008 419 761
Founded 1959
Key people Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Lyn Roberts
Area served Commonwealth of Australia
Mission To reduce suffering and death from heart, stroke and blood vessel disease in Australia
Revenue A$66,458,745 (2011) [1]
Employees 288 (2011) [1]

The National Heart Foundation of Australia (known as the Heart Foundation) is an independent charity established in 1959. Its vision is for Australians to have the best cardiovascular health in the world and its mission is to reduce suffering and death from heart, stroke and blood vessel disease in Australia. Over the past five decades, the Heart Foundation has championed the heart health of all Australians by funding world-class cardiovascular research, supporting health professionals in their practice, developing health promotion activities, informing and educating the public, and assisting people with cardiovascular disease.

While the work of the Heart Foundation has helped to reduce the number of deaths, cardiovascular disease (heart, stroke and blood vessel disease) remains one of Australia’s most devastating health problems. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) accounted for nearly 34 per cent of all deaths in 2008. This translates to one person dying from CVD on average every 11 minutes. Heart disease is the leading single cause of death with more than 23,600 Australian lives lost to the disease in 2008.

The Heart Foundation has offices in each state and territory.


The organisation emerged after tuberculosis had been effectively removed as a health concern and after the successful establishment of the Canadian Heart Foundation. A group of concerned Sydney professionals meet with the trustees of R.T Hall Trust and members of the New South Wales government health services in July 1958 where they decided to form the National Heart Foundation of Australia.[2]


Supporting and informing[edit]

The Heart Foundation helps people with, and at risk of, cardiovascular disease by providing comprehensive information and guidance on how to minimise their risk. Annually, the organisation distributes more than 1.3 million heart health brochures. Each year, the Heart Foundation’s information service and its website provides heart health information to thousands of Australians.


The Heart Foundation supports and works with all levels of government, other health organisations, the media and community groups to implement policies and programmes that improve the cardiovascular health of Australians. This includes programmes on cardiovascular health risks such as smoking or physical inactivity, through to recovery and rehabilitation.

Improving care[edit]

To ensure that people diagnosed with cardiovascular disease receive the best possible care, the Heart Foundation takes the latest research and creates practical treatment tools for health practitioners. The Heart Foundation works to bridge gaps in care through programmes specifically targeting those Australians at higher risk of cardiovascular disease.

Building healthy communities[edit]

The Heart Foundation supports local governments that change neighbourhoods to create healthier communities. Initiatives by councils, such as building cycleways and upgrading walking paths are eligible for Heart Foundation Local Government Awards (to be renamed Heart Foundation Healthy Community Awards in 2011).

Promoting awareness[edit]

Through community education campaigns and media activities, the Heart Foundation promotes lifestyle changes to improve the heart health of Australians. Recent examples include the Warning Signs campaign, which raises awareness of the symptoms of a heart attack and of the need to phone 000 so that sufferers can get early treatment to have the best chance for survival.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "2011 Annual Report and Financial Statement - National". National Heart Foundation of Australia. 13 April 2012. Retrieved 16 April 2013. 
  2. ^ Milton James, Lewis. The People's Health: Public Health in Australia, 1950 to the Present. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 50. ISBN 0313320454. Retrieved 16 April 2013. 

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