What we do
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What we do

We are leading the fight to save Australian hearts

The Heart Foundation supports over 580,000 Australians living with heart disease today, as well as working tirelessly to prevent and manage heart disease for future generations.

The Heart Foundation’s work is purpose-driven, with a focus on stopping Australia’s number one killer: heart disease, which takes 48 lives every day.  

We act to make a difference in the fight against heart disease by:
  • Funding high-impact research, supporting emerging and leading heart health researchers 
  • Working to improve heart disease prevention, detection, care and support for all Australians 
  • Advocating to governments and industry for increased funding and resources for heart health 
  • Building community awareness about living a heart-healthy lifestyle. We do this through public health awareness campaigns, accessible information and resources 
  • Supporting health professionals in their work to prevent, diagnose, treat and manage heart disease. 

Our vision 

We want to see an Australia free of heart disease. 

Our mission 

The Heart Foundation is committed to preventing heart disease and improving the heart health and quality of life of all Australians. We do this through our work in prevention, support and research. 

We take on the fight to end heart disease by funding world-leading research, supporting health professionals to prevent and treat these conditions. We also advocate for governments to change policy and increase funding for heart health. We’ve been doing this since 1959.  

Our key achievements 

$600+ million invested in research 

Since 1962, the Heart Foundation has invested over half a billion dollars to support Australian researchers. This funding helps to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart disease. 

Health star rating 

In 2013, the government introduced the Health Star Ratings system after a campaign by the Heart Foundation and other health organisations. It provides an easy-to-understand tool to help people make healthier food choices. 

10 million kids get skipping 

Since its launch in 1983, over 10 million kids have participated in Jump Rope for Heart. This initiative helps to keep school children active and promote the importance of physical activity.  

Championing anti-smoking 

Over the past 60 years, the Heart Foundation has championed a number of key anti-smoking campaigns. These have helped to educate Australians on the dangers of smoking. We’ve also lobbied government to: 
  • Introduce health warnings on cigarette packs, as well as the world-first creation of plain packaging for tobacco 
  • Ban tobacco advertising on radio and television 
  • Outlaw smoking in restaurants and cafes, as well as workplaces, indoor public spaces, and many other areas. 

One Heart Strategy 2018-2020

Our One Heart Strategy outlines our Vision and Mission and sets the direction for our work.
Read the One Heart Strategy

Support us and help save Australian hearts

Support us and help save Australian hearts

Support us and help save Australian hearts

Join the fight against Australia’s biggest killer by supporting the Heart Foundation.  ...

Fundraise to save Australian hearts

Fundraise to save Australian hearts

Fundraise to save Australian hearts

Join our community of fundraisers who are committed to taking action to fight heart disease....

Aboriginal heart health

Aboriginal heart health

Aboriginal heart health

Visit the St Vincents Hospital NSW and Heart Foundation Aboriginal heart health website for more information...

Are you at risk of heart disease?

Are you at risk of heart disease?

Are you at risk of heart disease?

There is no single cause for any one heart condition, but there are risk factors that increase your chance of developing one. ...

Heart Foundation Recovery Support and Resources

Heart Foundation Recovery Support and Resources

Heart Foundation Recovery Support and Resources

Heart Foundation programs and resources to support your recovery....

How we fought heart disease in 2020

How we fought heart disease in 2020

How we fought heart disease in 2020

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Heart Health Check Toolkit

Heart Health Check Toolkit

WEBINAR | Heart Health Checks: the critical role of the practice nurse

WEBINAR | Heart Health Checks: the critical role of the practice nurse

WEBINAR | Heart Health Checks: the critical role of the practice nurse

This webinar discusses the role of practice nurses in conducting heart health checks...

Sodium and salt converter

Sodium and salt converter

Convert the sodium listed on food products into grams of salt or vice versa. ...

Create your fundraiser at Do it for Heart

Create your fundraiser at Do it for Heart

Create your fundraiser at Do it for Heart

Become a Heart Foundation fundraiser, do it for heart and make a real difference to your community....

After being treated for atrial fibrillation, Boyd is now back on track

After being treated for atrial fibrillation, Boyd is now back on track

After being treated for atrial fibrillation, Boyd is now back on track

Running has been an important part of Boyd's life, so imagine his shock when a heart condition he had never heard of threatened to put a stop to it. ...

Supporting SA cardiac patients and health professionals with free resources

Supporting SA cardiac patients and health professionals with free resources

Supporting SA cardiac patients and health professionals with free resources

We want to make it easier for South Australians to lead heart-healthy lives....

Applying for research funding with the Heart Foundation

Applying for research funding with the Heart Foundation

Applying for research funding with the Heart Foundation

Discover more about our various funding programs, requirements, and application dates now....

Vegetarian recipes

Vegetarian recipes

Vegetarian recipes

Search through our vegetarian recipes...

Dinner recipes

Dinner recipes

Dinner recipes

Search our heart healthy dinner recipes for tonights main meal...

What is a heart attack?

What is a heart attack?

What is a heart attack?

The most common cause of a heart attack is coronary heart disease....

Donate Monthly | Become a Regular Donor

Donate Monthly | Become a Regular Donor

Donate Monthly | Become a Regular Donor

Join the fight against heart disease....

Donate to the Heart Foundation

Donate to the Heart Foundation

Donate to the Heart Foundation

Every dollar that you donate will help fund research, support and programs that help save lives....

NSW Cardiovascular Research Network

NSW Cardiovascular Research Network

NSW Cardiovascular Research Network

Encouraging cardiovascular research excellence in NSW ...

Exercise boosts artery health in middle-aged and older men, not testosterone therapy

Exercise boosts artery health in middle-aged and older men, not testosterone therapy

Exercise boosts artery health in middle-aged and older men, not testosterone therapy

Media Release - 22 February 2021...

Workplace giving program

Workplace giving program

Workplace giving program

Workplace giving is a simple and tax effective way for employees to make regular donations to a cause they care about. ...

What is coronary heart disease?

What is coronary heart disease?

What is coronary heart disease?

Coronary heart disease (CHD) or coronary artery disease occurs when a coronary artery clogs and narrows because of a buildup of plaque....

Why are you playing this game? It’s putting your heart at risk.

Why are you playing this game? It’s putting your heart at risk.

Why are you playing this game? It’s putting your heart at risk.

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Permanent Pacemaker (PPM)

Permanent Pacemaker (PPM)

A small, battery-powered device that is fitted under the skin of your upper chest....

Food and nutrition position statements

Food and nutrition position statements

Food and nutrition position statements

Risk factors for women

Risk factors for women

Risk factors for women

In Australia, 90% of women have one risk factor for heart disease, and 50% have two or more. ...

Maryanne was shocked to find she had a hidden heart problem

Maryanne was shocked to find she had a hidden heart problem

Maryanne was shocked to find she had a hidden heart problem

At first, it didn’t cross my mind it could be something serious. ...

Hypertension clinical information and guidelines

Hypertension clinical information and guidelines

Clinical information for diagnosis and management of hypertension....

Q&A with Lauren Blekkenhorst

Q&A with Lauren Blekkenhorst

Q&A with Lauren Blekkenhorst

Research to develop better evidence for the vascular and metabolic health benefits of vegetables and their bioactive constituents....

Women and heart disease

Women and heart disease

Women and heart disease

Information and resources for health professionals....