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Take Heart: The quest to rid Australasia of Rheumatic Heart Disease

06 July 2016 Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, Melbourne Add to calendar
Take Heart / Moonshine Movies

Join us to watch a provocative documentary that lifts the lid on this largely invisible disease. Rheumatic heart disease threatens the lives of over thirty million young people around the world, and is 100% preventable.

Health services gap
The first peoples of Australasia have among the highest rates of rheumatic heart disease globally, highlighting the gap in health services. Narrated by Stan Grant, the documentary follows the stories of four Aboriginal children – Brooklyn (7), Trenton (8), Carlissa (16) and Liddywoo (17) – over two years.

Take Heart explores the social, environmental and health factors that place young Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Māori and Pacific Islander children in Australasia at such high risk, together with a roadmap to prevent future generations of children from being struck down.

Panel discussion
A discussion of the documentary and disease will follow viewing:

Dr Robert James (Top-Western Group, Torres Strait Islands and D'entrecasteaux Islands – PNG): clinical researcher, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute

Associate Professor Andrew Steer: pediatrician and infectious diseases physician, Royal Children's Hospital, 2016 Frank Fenner Award recipient, subject consultant for Take Heart
Ms Louise Richardson (Wiradjuri): final year Doctor of Medicine student, University of Melbourne, student representative Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association
Dr Willy-John Martin (Māori affiliations - Ngāti Wai, Ngāti Tamaterā): biomedical researcher, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute

Celebrating NAIDOC Week 3-10 July

Wednesday, 6 July 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (AEST) - Add to Calendar

Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, L7C Davis Auditorium

For further information and registration:
Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research