Cardiovascular disease is the leading contributor to the life expectancy gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people when compared with non-Aboriginal people.
Chevron Australia's partnership with the Heart Foundation aims to improve the heart health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their communities by providing increased access to high quality health programs and services, and working with local community members to implement heart health education programs and activities.
A ten month consultation process was undertaken in Onslow, Karratha and Roebourne to identify program priorities for each area, which include:
- Prevention programs
- Improved rehabilitation and primary care in the community
- Heart care education
- Physical activity programs
- Nutrition and health eating programs
- Improved coordination of discharge from Perth hospitals for regional patients