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Health Priorities in Australia: Cardiovascular Disease

Year 12 PDHPE


Australia's Biggest Serial Killer


Australia’s most prolific serial killer remains on the loose. There is no pattern to it: men, women, young, old – it doesn’t discriminate, killing 51 Australians every day. Many thousands of Australians have faced the serial killer.

Heart Week

From Sunday 29 April-Sunday 6 May we’re celebrating Heart Week. This year we’re talking about the importance of physical activity in reducing the prevalence and impact of risk factors for heart disease.

Active Living NSW

Active Living NSW is a partnership between the National Heart Foundation - NSW Division and the NSW Ministry of Health to support active living and healthy built environments across NSW. 

Healthy by Design

In line with the Heart Foundation’s ethos of promoting healthy lifestyles, this resource is designed to make it easier for planners to incorporate healthier design considerations into daily planning decisions.

Smoking and your heart

Smoking damages the coronary arteries (pipes) that supply blood to your heart. This can cause the artery to narrow. It can also increase your risk of a blood clot or blockage, which can lead to a heart attack. If you have already had a heart attack you are at higher risk of having another one.

Healthy Town Challenge

The NSW Healthy Town Challenge is a joint initiative of NSW Health and the Heart Foundation to highlight the important role communities can play in helping residents eat well, move more and sit less.


Australia’s most prolific serial killer remains on the loose. There is no pattern to it: men, women, young, old – it doesn’t discriminate, killing 51 Australians every day.

Surviving a heart attack and living with heart disease can be life-changing. Survivors can underestimate the support they need to return to normal life.

Every day 150 Australians suffer a heart attack. Knowing the warning signs and acting fast by calling 000 immediately can save you or someone you love from this serial killer.

Heart disease is a leading killer of Australian women, killing nearly three times as many women as breast cancer. This serial killer could target you or the women you love.

Will you recognise your heart attack? Heart attack warning signs aren't what you think. Symptoms vary and they may not always be severe

The Heart Foundation wants to partner with chefs and businesses in Victoria to make sure your meals not only taste great, but also keep your customers healthy and coming back for more.

Heart Foundation

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a major cause of death in Australia, with 43,477 deaths attributed to CVD in Australia in 2017. Cardiovascular disease kills one Australian every 12 minutes. Cardiovascular disease is one of Australia's largest health problems. Despite improvements over the last few decades, it remains one of the biggest burdens on our economy. 

Heart Foundation Programs and Initiatives around Australia

My Health for Life

My health for life is a free, six-month program where you work with a health coach to achieve your health goals.

It is a State government-funded initiative, delivered by an alliance of health organisations, and is designed to help Queenslanders stay well and lessen their risk of developing conditions such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, high cholesterol and high blood pressure

Heart Safe Community

Heart Safe Community is a program that aims to increase a person’s chance of survival if they suffer a cardiac arrest outside of hospital.  The program is based on a series of actions known as the Chain of Survival.  These actions can save a life if they are performed in the first few minutes after the person has collapsed.

Supporting Young Hearts

The Supporting Young Hearts program works with younger people, aged 18 to 40 years, who are living with a heart condition or recovering from heart surgery. It aims to help younger people connect, support each other by sharing stories and learn about how to manage their condition and keep their hearts healthy