Take Heart communicates the scale of Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD) and the impact it has on communities in Australia through a large collection of films, reaching out to the public and decision-makers, by telling the incredible true-life stories of young people living with the disease, their families and the health workers who care for them.
Every week, two young Australians die from RHD.
This disease was eliminated in most parts of Australia in the 1960s. It is a disease that exemplifies the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
A unique window of opportunity presents itself over the coming months in the lead up to the next federal election. To capitalise on this opportunity, a growing grass-roots movement is calling for immediate action on RHD prevention and treatment including a comprehensive, long-term resourced strategy.
Help us prevent RHD by hosting a screening of Take Heart.
You’re invited to host a screening of multi-award winning Take Heart narrated by Stan Grant. This important local, awareness-raising activity supports this year’s National Close the Gap Day. The aim of the events is to raise awareness of the high levels of RHD in many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
These events will help to raise awareness of this 100% preventable disease and also provide a forum to discuss the problem of RHD in Australia today.
If you choose to participate, your efforts will be well-supported by a team of event, communications and advocacy specialists. All events are endorsed by National Close the Gap Day through ANTaR – Australians in support of justice, rights and respect for Australia’s First Peoples.
If you’d like to host and event please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
We’ll follow up with all the information you need to plan your screening event.