Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on Google+ Share by Email

Skip to content

Key resources

  • Bibliography
    Bibliography
  • Health promotion
    Health promotion
  • Health practice
    Health practice
  • Yarning places
    Yarning places
  • Programs
    Programs
  • Organisations
    Organisations
  • Conferences
    Conferences
  • Courses
    Courses
  • Funding
    Funding
  • Glossary
    Glossary
 

Australia's Indigenous community hurting in the heart

Date posted: 31 August 2016

The Heart Foundation last week launched Australian Heart Maps, which is an online resource highlighting how indicators for heart disease are distributed throughout Australia.

Heart Foundation National Chief Executive Officer, Adjunct Professor John Kelly said these maps brought together for the first time a national picture of hospital admission rates for heart-related conditions at a national, state and regional level.

'Among the key findings of the Heart Maps is the positive correlation between heart admissions and obesity, smoking and physical inactivity,' said Mr Kelly. 

The maps show that people living in a very remote area are nearly twice as likely to need to visit a hospital for a heart event. 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are two-and-a-half times more likely to be admitted to hospital for heart events than non-Indigenous Australians.

Mr Kelly said that the Heart Maps would serve as a valuable tool for health professionals, health services, local governments, researchers and policy makers to be used to set strategy, plan services and target prevention initiatives to areas of greatest need.

Source: Heart Foundation media release

 

Links

 
Last updated: 8 September 2016
 
Return to top
 
spacing
 


Australia's National Research Centre on AOD Workforce Development National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre National Drug Research Institute