Closing the Gap towards a healthy heart

 

Friday 2 May 2014

Closing the Gap towards a healthy heart

Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC) and Heart Foundation Queensland have today celebrated their collaboration to address health inequities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

The MOU will see two of Queensland’s leading health organisations come together to address one of the biggest contributors to the life expectancy gap for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: the heart.

Selwyn Button, CEO, QAIHC has welcomed the collaboration.

"As the State Peak organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community controlled health care in Queensland, it is important that we build solid relationships with organisations such as the Heart Foundation," Mr Button said.

"Between both our organisations, we have an enormous amount of expertise and understanding on the health issues facing Indigenous Queenslanders, particularly heart related illnesses.

"Joining forces with Heart Foundation Queensland to address the burden of heart disease amongst the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community is a vital step forward as we continue our fight to close the health and life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people." Mr Button stated.

Stephen Vines, CEO, Heart Foundation Queensland has also welcomed the MOU.

"Compared to other Australians, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are more likely to develop cardiac disease and earlier in life, partly due to significantly higher rates of risk factors," Mr Vines said.

"To be able to join forces with QAIHC in our fight to close the gap on health and life expectancy between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people is essential." Mr Vines added.

QAIHC and Heart Foundation Queensland have a critical role to play in the prevention, early detection and better management of heart disease and its associated risk factors. Through the signing of the MOU, both health organisations will embark on a collaborative effort and a shared desire to achieve the common goal of ‘Closing the Gap’.

MOU Signing Ceremony between QAIHC and Heart Foundation Friday 2nd May: 2pm QAIHC Training Room, Level 2, 55 Russell St, South Brisbane.

Media Enquiries: Judi Jabour, Campaign Capital, 0412 402 946.

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