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National Heart Foundation of Australia

Contact

Name: Liz Dorizac

Position: National Individual Donor Development Manager

Email: liz.dorizac@heartfoundation.org.au

Address

Level 3, 80 William St

East Sydney

Australia 2011

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Our Mission / Objective

Our Vision: For Australians to have the best cardiovascular health in the world. Our Mission: To reduce suffering and death from heart, stroke and blood vessel disease in Australia.

Our Beneficiaries

All Australians.

Projects in Progress

While our work has helped to reduce the number of deaths, cardiovascular disease (CVD)  remains one of Australia’s most devastating health problems. In Australia, CVD claims a life every 11 minutes.

The Heart Foundation’s mission is to reduce the suffering and death from heart, stroke and blood vessel disease in Australia – below are some of the projects we are working on.

For more information, please visit www.heartfoundation.org.au

 

1. Help all Australians to identify and understand the warning signs of a heart attack.

In 2010, the Heart Foundation continued its work to help Australians better know,

identify and respond to the warning signs of heart attack by calling Triple Zero (000). With programs ranging from social marketing campaigns to influencing structural changes, the Warning Signs program has made a real difference in the raising the community’s awareness of the warning signs of heart attack and encouraging them to call Triple Zero (000).

Key Achievements in 2010 are:

  • Dissemination of over 170,000 resources for patients with coronary heart disease (CHD) and their families through 424 hospitals and health services.
  • Commenced national rollout of the general population social marketing campaign with activity across six new locations, and continued activity in three existing locations. This resulted in the campaign potentially reaching 65 per cent of the Australian population.
  • ‘Time since symptom onset’ emergency department data collection sites have been established for all general population campaign rollout locations.
  • Ongoing identification of people whose lives have been saved and/or impacted by the campaign.
  • A discussion paper on Universal Ambulance Cover released for public consultation, with overwhelming media pick up and responses from a variety of stakeholders.

For more information, visit http://www.heartattackfacts.org.au/Home.aspx

 

2. Help all Australians to achieve a healthy weight.

The Heart Foundation’s Healthy Weight team influenced key decision makers in our Community in 2010. Much of our work focused on ensuring the best science was being used to make important policy decisions and guide Australians into making good lifestyle choices.

In addition, much time and effort was spent working, at times with other like-minded organisations, to inform government, the food industry, commercial planners and others about how to help Australians live healthier lives.

Key achievements in 2010 include:

  • CHOICE recommended the Heart Foundation Tick program as one of the most recognised and used food endorsements in Australia.
  • Heart Foundation documented the nutritional profile of popular breads and breakfast cereals, to encourage the food industry to improve them by adding more wholegrains and removing more salt.
  • Heart Foundation worked alongside Australasia’s largest food manufacturer, Goodman Fielder, to produce television advertising that encouraged the use of margarine over butter, reaching more than five million Australians.
  • Heart Foundation supported the Cycling Promotion Fund Cycling Achievement Awards 2010, which recognised those helping Australians incorporate cycling into their lives.
  • Over 6000 Australians joined one of 1000 free Heart Foundation walking groups. The program also celebrated its two millionth walk.
  • With our guidance, the Federal Government has announced targets for the food industry to lower the salt levels of bread and breakfast cereals.

For more information, visit http://www.heartfoundation.org.au/HEALTHY-EATING/Pages/default.aspx

 

3. Engaging women about heart disease

In Australia, cardiovascular disease (CVD) comprises three of the four leading causes of death in women, yet public awareness remains low.

The Engaging Women strategy is the Heart Foundation’s long-term commitment to address the extent of this health burden by focusing on consumer awareness, community engagement, improvements in health care and advocacy for more research

Key achievements in 2010 include:

  • The launch of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) inaugural report Women and Heart Disease.
  • Significant expansion of our Go Red for Women (GRFW) social marketing campaign.
  • Engagement of three new GRFW corporate sponsors.
  • Hosting a national Women and Heart Disease forum attended by key researchers and policy makers.
  • The implementation of a GRFW Leadership Award for local governments and better data collection.

For more information, visit www.goredforwomen.org.au

 

4. Help all Australians to have improved access to prevention and treatment.

The Access to Prevention and Treatment theme incorporates work in the areas of clinical programs, quality use of medicines, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and tobacco control. The two objectives focus on:

  • Improving the systematic uptake and implementation of evidence-based recommendations for the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease (CVD);
  • Enhancing the development and usability of key messages and tools to support evidence-based practice for health professionals and consumers.

Key achievements in 2010 include:

  • Quality use of medicines: Many medicines for cardiovascular conditions are taken over the long-term. The Improving adherence in cardiovascular care – a toolkit for health professionals was developed to help educate health professionals on effective adherence strategies for patients.
  • High blood pressure medications: In partnership with the NPS, the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia and the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, we developed a suite of consumer resources to enhance the adherence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to medications for high blood pressure.
  • Acute Rheumatic Fever (ARF) and Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD): Rates of ARF and RHD within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people continue to be among the highest reported in the world. We’re working with RHDAustralia Unit to update the national guidelines and to ensure effective implementation to address this significant disease burden.
  • Helping Australians with Heart Disease: The Managing My Heart Health and My Heart My Life resources were updated and provided to tens of thousands of people with heart disease. These aim to help Australians make healthy lifestyle changes and adhere to medical advice to reduce future CVD risk.

 

5. Increase our commitment to supporting research, as well as using quality research in all of our work.

The mission of the Heart Foundation Research Program is to be the leading advocate, supporter and champion of high-quality cardiovascular research. Our long-term commitment towards improving the cardiovascular health of Australians is evident in our staggering investment of more than $227.3 million towards cardiovascular research since the Heart Foundation was established in 1959.

As a charity and the largest non-government funder of research in the country, our ability to support such research is only possible through the continued support of the public and our funding partners. Our donors can be assured that health research is an investment in the nation’s wellbeing that yields excellent results, with every one dollar spent on cardiovascular research generating an eight dollar return to the community via improved health.

Some research projects that began in 2010 include:

  • Identifying new methods for earlier detection of vascular disease, Ms Hang Ta;
  • Developing new technology to improve the success rate for coronary stenting for coronary artery disease, Dr Young Yu;
  • Physical activity and sedentary behaviour: how it affects the health of overweight or obese children, Dr Dylan Cliff.

For more information, visit http://www.heartfoundation.org.au/RESEARCH/Pages/default.aspx

 

6. Increase funds raised.

As a charity, the Heart Foundation relies on the community’s generosity to fund this lifesaving research as well as its prevention programs.

In 2010 alone, the Heart Foundation achieved the following:

  • Raised over $1.7 million in its tax appeal, contributing to a total of more than $6 million in donations through its direct mail campaigns.
  • Attracted over 9000 new supporters through face-to-face fundraising, raising $1.6 million.
  • Received more than $21 million through the Bequest program and almost $800,000 through the In Memorial program.
  • Raised almost $5 million raised in its annual Doorknock Appeal.
  • Attracted 2000 schools across the country in the Jump Rope for Heart, raising $3.8 million.

Our People

Registration Information

ABN

98 008 419 761

Tax Deductible

Yes

How to help us

Wills and Bequests

Bequests to the Heart Foundation are incredibly valuable gifts. They transform a Will into one of the most effective vehicles for change there is, with little or no impact on one’s lifestyle today.

There are three options an individual may wish to consider when leaving a bequest:

Residuary bequests are simply a gift of whatever is left of an individual’s estate – or percentage thereof – after all their gifts, taxes and debts have been fulfilled. Residuary bequests will not lose their value over time.

Pecuniary bequests refer to leaving a gift of a set dollar amount, determined by an individual at the time of drawing up or altering their will.

Specific bequests refer to leaving a gift of an item of value, to be passed on to the Heart Foundation in order to generate funds.

General Donations

Donations can be made:

  • online (www.heartfoundation.org.au)
  • over the phone (1300 55 02 82)
  • by mail (Heart Foundation, Reply Paid 9966, in your capital city)

Work with us

Volunteer with us

Volunteers have been supporting the work of the Heart Foundation since its beginnings in 1959. The vital work of volunteers enables the Heart Foundation’s life-saving work of preventing early death and disability from heart disease and stroke to continue.

Volunteers across Australia take part in many areas of work, including:

  • Administrative support
  • Event organisation and participation
  • Annual fundraising appeals, particularly the annual Doorknock Appeal which takes place nation-wide each September
  • Project work for professionals and students
  • Speakers groups
  • Jump Rope for Heart and schools programs
  • Donor thank you program

The volunteer program of the Heart Foundation is based on a reciprocal model that ensures that the needs of the volunteer are taken into account. The Heart Foundation welcomes people of all ages, from all walks of life, with all levels of education and from all parts of the wider community. Becoming a volunteer for the Heart Foundation provides you with:

  • An interesting and dynamic work place
  • A chance to update your skills in a supportive environment
  • Friendship and social contact
  • An opportunity to play a vital part in life-saving work
  • A chance to stay abreast of the latest health issues
  • A step toward moving back into paid work

The Heart Foundation has offices in all states and territories and several offices in regional areas of Queensland and New South Wales.

Our Annual Reports

Our Mission / Objective

Our Vision: For Australians to have the best cardiovascular health in the world. Our Mission: To reduce suffering and death from heart, stroke and blood vessel disease in Australia.

Our Beneficiaries

All Australians.

Projects in Progress

While our work has helped to reduce the number of deaths, cardiovascular disease (CVD)  remains one of Australia’s most devastating health problems. In Australia, CVD claims a life every 11 minutes.

The Heart Foundation’s mission is to reduce the suffering and death from heart, stroke and blood vessel disease in Australia – below are some of the projects we are working on.

For more information, please visit www.heartfoundation.org.au

 

1. Help all Australians to identify and understand the warning signs of a heart attack.

In 2010, the Heart Foundation continued its work to help Australians better know,

identify and respond to the warning signs of heart attack by calling Triple Zero (000). With programs ranging from social marketing campaigns to influencing structural changes, the Warning Signs program has made a real difference in the raising the community’s awareness of the warning signs of heart attack and encouraging them to call Triple Zero (000).

Key Achievements in 2010 are:

  • Dissemination of over 170,000 resources for patients with coronary heart disease (CHD) and their families through 424 hospitals and health services.
  • Commenced national rollout of the general population social marketing campaign with activity across six new locations, and continued activity in three existing locations. This resulted in the campaign potentially reaching 65 per cent of the Australian population.
  • ‘Time since symptom onset’ emergency department data collection sites have been established for all general population campaign rollout locations.
  • Ongoing identification of people whose lives have been saved and/or impacted by the campaign.
  • A discussion paper on Universal Ambulance Cover released for public consultation, with overwhelming media pick up and responses from a variety of stakeholders.

For more information, visit http://www.heartattackfacts.org.au/Home.aspx

 

2. Help all Australians to achieve a healthy weight.

The Heart Foundation’s Healthy Weight team influenced key decision makers in our Community in 2010. Much of our work focused on ensuring the best science was being used to make important policy decisions and guide Australians into making good lifestyle choices.

In addition, much time and effort was spent working, at times with other like-minded organisations, to inform government, the food industry, commercial planners and others about how to help Australians live healthier lives.

Key achievements in 2010 include:

  • CHOICE recommended the Heart Foundation Tick program as one of the most recognised and used food endorsements in Australia.
  • Heart Foundation documented the nutritional profile of popular breads and breakfast cereals, to encourage the food industry to improve them by adding more wholegrains and removing more salt.
  • Heart Foundation worked alongside Australasia’s largest food manufacturer, Goodman Fielder, to produce television advertising that encouraged the use of margarine over butter, reaching more than five million Australians.
  • Heart Foundation supported the Cycling Promotion Fund Cycling Achievement Awards 2010, which recognised those helping Australians incorporate cycling into their lives.
  • Over 6000 Australians joined one of 1000 free Heart Foundation walking groups. The program also celebrated its two millionth walk.
  • With our guidance, the Federal Government has announced targets for the food industry to lower the salt levels of bread and breakfast cereals.

For more information, visit http://www.heartfoundation.org.au/HEALTHY-EATING/Pages/default.aspx

 

3. Engaging women about heart disease

In Australia, cardiovascular disease (CVD) comprises three of the four leading causes of death in women, yet public awareness remains low.

The Engaging Women strategy is the Heart Foundation’s long-term commitment to address the extent of this health burden by focusing on consumer awareness, community engagement, improvements in health care and advocacy for more research

Key achievements in 2010 include:

  • The launch of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) inaugural report Women and Heart Disease.
  • Significant expansion of our Go Red for Women (GRFW) social marketing campaign.
  • Engagement of three new GRFW corporate sponsors.
  • Hosting a national Women and Heart Disease forum attended by key researchers and policy makers.
  • The implementation of a GRFW Leadership Award for local governments and better data collection.

For more information, visit www.goredforwomen.org.au

 

4. Help all Australians to have improved access to prevention and treatment.

The Access to Prevention and Treatment theme incorporates work in the areas of clinical programs, quality use of medicines, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and tobacco control. The two objectives focus on:

  • Improving the systematic uptake and implementation of evidence-based recommendations for the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease (CVD);
  • Enhancing the development and usability of key messages and tools to support evidence-based practice for health professionals and consumers.

Key achievements in 2010 include:

  • Quality use of medicines: Many medicines for cardiovascular conditions are taken over the long-term. The Improving adherence in cardiovascular care – a toolkit for health professionals was developed to help educate health professionals on effective adherence strategies for patients.
  • High blood pressure medications: In partnership with the NPS, the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia and the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, we developed a suite of consumer resources to enhance the adherence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to medications for high blood pressure.
  • Acute Rheumatic Fever (ARF) and Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD): Rates of ARF and RHD within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people continue to be among the highest reported in the world. We’re working with RHDAustralia Unit to update the national guidelines and to ensure effective implementation to address this significant disease burden.
  • Helping Australians with Heart Disease: The Managing My Heart Health and My Heart My Life resources were updated and provided to tens of thousands of people with heart disease. These aim to help Australians make healthy lifestyle changes and adhere to medical advice to reduce future CVD risk.

 

5. Increase our commitment to supporting research, as well as using quality research in all of our work.

The mission of the Heart Foundation Research Program is to be the leading advocate, supporter and champion of high-quality cardiovascular research. Our long-term commitment towards improving the cardiovascular health of Australians is evident in our staggering investment of more than $227.3 million towards cardiovascular research since the Heart Foundation was established in 1959.

As a charity and the largest non-government funder of research in the country, our ability to support such research is only possible through the continued support of the public and our funding partners. Our donors can be assured that health research is an investment in the nation’s wellbeing that yields excellent results, with every one dollar spent on cardiovascular research generating an eight dollar return to the community via improved health.

Some research projects that began in 2010 include:

  • Identifying new methods for earlier detection of vascular disease, Ms Hang Ta;
  • Developing new technology to improve the success rate for coronary stenting for coronary artery disease, Dr Young Yu;
  • Physical activity and sedentary behaviour: how it affects the health of overweight or obese children, Dr Dylan Cliff.

For more information, visit http://www.heartfoundation.org.au/RESEARCH/Pages/default.aspx

 

6. Increase funds raised.

As a charity, the Heart Foundation relies on the community’s generosity to fund this lifesaving research as well as its prevention programs.

In 2010 alone, the Heart Foundation achieved the following:

  • Raised over $1.7 million in its tax appeal, contributing to a total of more than $6 million in donations through its direct mail campaigns.
  • Attracted over 9000 new supporters through face-to-face fundraising, raising $1.6 million.
  • Received more than $21 million through the Bequest program and almost $800,000 through the In Memorial program.
  • Raised almost $5 million raised in its annual Doorknock Appeal.
  • Attracted 2000 schools across the country in the Jump Rope for Heart, raising $3.8 million.

Our People

Registration Information

ABN

98 008 419 761

Tax Deductible

Yes

How to Help us

Wills and Bequests

Bequests to the Heart Foundation are incredibly valuable gifts. They transform a Will into one of the most effective vehicles for change there is, with little or no impact on one’s lifestyle today.

There are three options an individual may wish to consider when leaving a bequest:

Residuary bequests are simply a gift of whatever is left of an individual’s estate – or percentage thereof – after all their gifts, taxes and debts have been fulfilled. Residuary bequests will not lose their value over time.

Pecuniary bequests refer to leaving a gift of a set dollar amount, determined by an individual at the time of drawing up or altering their will.

Specific bequests refer to leaving a gift of an item of value, to be passed on to the Heart Foundation in order to generate funds.

General Donations

Donations can be made:

  • online (www.heartfoundation.org.au)
  • over the phone (1300 55 02 82)
  • by mail (Heart Foundation, Reply Paid 9966, in your capital city)

Work with us

Volunteer with us

Volunteers have been supporting the work of the Heart Foundation since its beginnings in 1959. The vital work of volunteers enables the Heart Foundation’s life-saving work of preventing early death and disability from heart disease and stroke to continue.

Volunteers across Australia take part in many areas of work, including:

  • Administrative support
  • Event organisation and participation
  • Annual fundraising appeals, particularly the annual Doorknock Appeal which takes place nation-wide each September
  • Project work for professionals and students
  • Speakers groups
  • Jump Rope for Heart and schools programs
  • Donor thank you program

The volunteer program of the Heart Foundation is based on a reciprocal model that ensures that the needs of the volunteer are taken into account. The Heart Foundation welcomes people of all ages, from all walks of life, with all levels of education and from all parts of the wider community. Becoming a volunteer for the Heart Foundation provides you with:

  • An interesting and dynamic work place
  • A chance to update your skills in a supportive environment
  • Friendship and social contact
  • An opportunity to play a vital part in life-saving work
  • A chance to stay abreast of the latest health issues
  • A step toward moving back into paid work

The Heart Foundation has offices in all states and territories and several offices in regional areas of Queensland and New South Wales.

Our Annual Reports

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