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Heart Lines - A journey through heart attack and out the other side


27 October 2021, 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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Heart Lines - A journey through heart attack and out the other side 2021-10-27T12:00 2021-10-27T13:00 Australia/Sydney Webinar Join meeting at

Cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of hospitalisation and death in Australia. Aboriginal peoples experience higher rates of cardiovascular disease at a younger age, leading to a gap in life expectancy, compared to the wider population.

Risk factors like smoking, unhealthy eating, lack of physical activity, high blood pressure, cholesterol levels, family history and age can all increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, or other cardiovascular diseases.

There are ways to prevent and reduce the impact of cardiovascular disease, re-hospitalisation and/or dying. Addressing the risk factors and attending cardiac rehab can make a huge difference. COVID poses additional risk to people with cardiovascular disease, in addition to being a barrier to treatment.

This webinar features:

  • Warrawatja Bell’s story   about his heart attack and how he changed his life afterwards.
  • Associate Professor   Raj Puranik from the Redfern Aboriginal Medical Service’s Cardiac Outreach   Clinic program discusses what an ideal model of care includes.
  • Andy Mark discusses   Heart Foundation resources and programs to support Aboriginal Health workers   and other health professionals who work with Aboriginal communities to   address cardiovascular disease.
  • Question and answer   session.

Key Webinar Takeaways:

  • Cardiovascular   disease risk can be reduced at any stage.
  • Cardiac   rehabilitation is a vital part of recovery and prevention.
  • COVID needs to be   considered a barrier for people having health checks, seeking medical help   and being able to attend cardiac rehabilitation programs.
  • There are Heart   Foundation resources that can support your work.


Warrawatja Bell

Warrawatja Bell is a proud Wiradjuri Wonnarua man. His family moved to Mt Druitt when he was young, where he spent much of his life. Warrawatja is an avid sports fan. He appreciates all sports, but boxing is his true passion. He trained and fought undefeated in the competitive amateur ranks. Boxing training continues to be part of how Warrawatja stays fit and active.

A trained actor and hip-hop artist, Warrawatja will share his story about his heart attack and what he has done to improve his heart health. Warrawatja has shared his story with the Heart Foundation to raise awareness about preventing heart disease.

Raj Puranik

Associate Professor Raj Puranik is a Cardiologist at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and Westmead Children’s Hospital. Raj has had a long involvement with the Redfern Aboriginal Medical Service and has been involved with cardiac outreach clinics. He has an academic appointment at the University of Sydney and is a member of the NSW Local Advisory Board of the Heart Foundation.

Andy Mark

Andy Mark is the Heart Foundation’s Acting Manager Heart Health for NSW and the ACT. For the past 20 years Andy has worked with Aboriginal Health Workers and Aboriginal communities on the quit smoking, healthy eating; and physical activity programs.

Cost: Free

Capacity: 300 people. The session won’t be recorded.

Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation email that includes virtual zoom link details and a calendar invite.

Event Contact

Kiel Hennessey