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Heart Story: Heart Foundation Resource

RHDAustralia attended the launch of ‘Heart Story’ at Parliament House in Darwin in June 2015

The NT Shadow Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Ken Vowles MLA, helped the Heart Foundation Northern Territory launch a revised version of the clinical resource that was first produced in conjunction with the Northern Territory Department of Health in 2000.

‘Heart Story’ aims to provide Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) in the Northern Territory (NT) with an educational resource for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioners to understand risk factors, Acute Coronary Syndromes, cardiac procedures, and the importance of secondary prevention, cardiac rehabilitation and medication adherence. The resource includes a section on rheumatic fever.

An Aboriginal Health Practitioner attending the launch held at Parliament House, commented that the resource would be very useful in upskilling the existing and new work force, and would help individual staff members have “increased knowledge, skills and confidence in understanding ‘Heart Health".

“Making visually accessible resources is empowering for individuals for whom English may be a second or third language”.

The revised ‘Heart Story’ Flipchart has content and visuals that have been updated, and will be complimented by a combination of future multimedia health education resources.  This enables a variety of options to support the mode of delivery and enhance educational teaching and learning outcomes identified hin the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioner Training Package.