Take Heart is Go!

In a flurry of activity, Take Heart has attached a series of sponsors which means the project is now officially green-lit.

Take Heart is a global media communications initiative designed to put Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD) on the global media and public health agendas.

Part One of the series focuses on Australasia, including a one-hour television special designed to lift the lid on Rheumatic Heart Disease, an entirely preventable disease that threatens the lives of 2% of all Indigenous Australians (Dr Bo Remenyi, Menzies School for Health Research).

Our deep thanks goes out to Presenting Sponsor Aspen Foundation and Supporting Sponsors Snow Foundation, National Heart Foundation of Australia, Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand, New Zealand Ministry of Health,  Cure Kids, World Heart Federation, NT Cardiac, Layhna Health, RHD Australia, Australasian Maternity Outcomes Surveillance System and Moonshine Movies.

Please sign-up to stay tuned to the project release, which is earmarked for release from April 2015, with the first in a series of 10 short films.  Part One of the television series, a one-hour program about The Quest To Rid Australasia of Rheumatic Heart Disease ,is scheduled for release in late 2015.

Hosted screenings, events, photography exhibitions, the release of a smart phone app and activity across the project’s digital platforms are planned over the coming year.



Take Heart Public Service Announcement On TV

Courtesy of Emmanuelle Clarke, Menzies School of Health Research

The ‘Take Heart Public Health Service Announcement: Maningrida’ will be aired in full (4:28 minutes) for free on Indigenous Community Television (ICTV) tomorrow at 01:24 (CST). It will be then aired another 4 times – check here for further screening times:

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Maningrida Public Service Announcement

On a recent filming trip to Darwin and the Tiwi Islands we worked closely with Dr Bo Remenyi of NT Cardiac and Alice Mitchell of the Menzies School of Health Research to create a public service announcement for the indigenous community to Maningrida in the Northern Territory.

Regrettably the youngsters in the community have been hit hard in recent times with an outbreak of acute rheumatic fever.  This film was produced in less that a week to respond to the health emergency and carry important preventative health warnings. Read more…

Official Launch of Take Heart

We’re delighted to announce that the official launch of Take Heart: The Quest to Rid the World of Rheumatic Heart Disease will take place at the Opening Ceremony of the World Cardiology Congress in Melbourne during early May before thousands of delegates from around the world.

To coincide with the launch the Official Teaser is now publicly available.  Click through to watch it now.

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Take Heart Together We Are Stronger

It is with great delight that we announce the Cardiac Society for Australia and New Zealand (CSANZ) has officially joined the National Heart Foundation of Australia and the World Heart federation as major sponsors of Take Heart.

Production has continued in both the Northern Territory in Melbourne following the stories of our dynamic central characters Liddywoo, Brooklyn, Trenton, Carlissa and Dr Bo Remenyi. More filming is schedule in the New Year and post-production is underway on the collection of short films.

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The untold cost of Rheumatic Heart Disease RHD

What disease starts as a sore throat in children…

And ends with open heart surgery, stroke or heart failure?

Clue: It kills 1000 young people EVERY DAY

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Take Heart heads to the Top End to film!

With ongoing support from the National Heart Foundation of Australia we are escaping a bit of bleak Melbourne winter and heading to the ‘top end’!  Earlier this year we began collaborating with RHDAustralia at Menzies School of Health Research on ‘Take Heart- The Quest to Rid the World of Rheumatic Heart Disease’ to identify participants in the Northern Territory and with the new funding confirmed we are heading north in August.

This is a very important next step in filming for the project.  Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD) is preventable but it currently affects over 15 million people worldwide and Australia has one of the highest recorded rates of RHD despite the disease being almost eradicated in most developed countries.

Over a three year period Take Heart will announce this global health crisis to new audiences around the world, provide a context for the staggering scale and scope of RHD, create empathy for the human cost and follow the stories of a diverse group of people living with Acute Rheumatic Fever (ARF) and RHD.  The series is designed to generate insights into how ARF can be eliminated globally and the burden of RHD can be minimized. Read more…

Welcome RHD Australia

We are delighted to be collaborating with RHDAustralia to identify participants for the project in Australia and enhance the project’s outreach and audience engagement potential. Read more…

Lights Camera Social Action!

Take Heart has commenced filming in Cape Town, South Africa.  Meeting with experts in Cardiac Disease, Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD), Acute Rheumatic Fever (ARF) at the 6th World Congress of Paediatric Cardiology & Cardiac Surgery has provided a tremendous groundwork for the films that will follow.

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Cape Town Calling

The first stop for Take Heart is the 6th World Congress of Paediatric Cardiology & Cardiac Surgery in Cape Town South Africa (17-22 February 2013).

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Calling For Nominations – RHD/ ARF Programs

The communications strategy behind Take Heart is designed to reach out to a broad audience, engage their attention and provide a clear pathway for them to get involved, provide feedback and monitor their investment at work over time (even if that investment is simply their time and interest).

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Take Heart Takes Off

Thanks to the support of the National Heart Foundation of Australia and the World Heart Federation, Take Heart is now  officially in pre-production.