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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



Last updated: 8 September 2016
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