Take Heart is a global film-led, media communications initiative designed to put Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD) on the global media and public health agendas.  The project will be released in 4 parts:

Part 1        –   Australasia (in release)
Part 2        –   Africa & the Middle East (in production)
Part 3        –   Asia (in pre-production)
Part 4        –   Latin America

Take Heart will be distributed across a variety of platforms including public theatrical screenings, festivals and cultural events, on television, as a series of short films, online, social media, video-on-demand, DVD/ Blu-Ray, photography exhibitions and smart phone apps.






Take Heart: The Quest to Rid Australasia of Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD) comprises a one-hour feature film, 14 short films, a free action toolkit, 2 free smart phone apps, this website, social media places, as well as touring screenings and photography exhibitions.

The one-hour feature film, which is narrated by Logie & Walkley award-winning journalist Mr Stan Grant, will be screened in Australia on NITV (SBS).

Stay tuned to when and where film screenings will be taking place by subscribing to the Take Heart newsletter.

Take Heart lifts 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) and a similar proportion of New Zealand Māoris and Pacific Islanders.

Today, thousands of indigenous Australiasian  children are at risk of contracting Acute Rheumatic Fever (ARF) from a common sore throat (“Strep Throat”) or from the transmission of Group A Strep bacterium through infected skin sores.

If these vulnerable children are not quickly identified as being symptomatic (with fever or joint pain) and treated with penicillin, their body’s autoimmune response may start mistakenly attacking their heart valves in an attempt to rid the body of its fever.

Repeated exposure to Rheumatic Fever leads to life-threatening Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD) which can tragically end with open heart surgery, permanent disability, stroke, heart failure and premature death.



Take Heart reveals the incredible true-life stories of young people living with RHD, their families and health workers caring for them.

The stakes are high for these kids, RHD is life-threatening and they must comply to strict medication schedules to stay alive.

Regular health checks, restricted activities and frequent hospital admissions are commonplace and they rely on the support of their family, friends and community health workers to keep them on track.

This is not easy as most young people living with RHD are from poor, disadvantaged and often remote communities.

Perhaps this situation is made worse knowing that RHD is 100% preventable.




Find out more & sign up for updates.

Contact Producer:  Mike Hill mike.h@moonshinemovies.com

Take Heart is proudly produced by Moonshine Agency





Presenting Sponsor:

Aspen Foundation

Health & Care Outreach Sponsor:


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

RHD Australia

Australasian Maternity Outcomes Surveillance System

Production Company:

Moonshine Movies

Moonshine Agency 




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