Pilbara Aboriginal Heart Health Program
In 2019, the Pilbara Aboriginal Heart Health Program marks its fifth year. Delivered by the Heart Foundation with support from Chevron Australia, the program works with local communities to improve heart healthcare.
About Aboriginal heart health
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. In 2016, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples were 1.8 times more likely to die from heart disease than non-Indigenous Australians.
About the Pilbara Aboriginal Heart Health Program
The Heart Foundation is working to close the gap in life expectancy by reducing cardiovascular disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Currently, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are almost twice as likely to die from these conditions compared to non-indigenous Australians.
The Pilbara Aboriginal Heart Health Program focuses on improving heart health outcomes in three communities in the Pilbara region of northern Western Australia: Karratha, Onslow and Roebourne.
The local Aboriginal community guided the development of the program to ensure the work is culturally appropriate and meets local needs. The program delivers heart health activities across:
- Physical activity and exercise
- Heart health education
- Access to health services
Five staff members work on providing the program, including two local Aboriginal elders based in Onslow.
Working together with Chevron
Leading energy company Chevron Australia partners with the Heart Foundation to deliver the Pilbara Aboriginal Heart Health Program in remote Western Australian communities.