World Heart Day

The theme of World Heart day is How do you #UseHeart and for the Monash Victorian Heart Institute, this speaks to our key purpose to simply deliver research, education and training excellence which turns into measurable change in the rates of heart disease in Australia.

In observance of World Heart Day, the following experts from the Monash Victorian Heart Institute are available to discuss various aspects of cardiovascular health.

Professor Steve Nicholls, Director of the Victorian Heart Institute

  • Why it's important to keep up heart health checks during COVID-19
  • Why 3 x 10 mins of exercise is just as good for heart health
  • If there is a history of heart disease in your family - what does it mean and what can you do about it?
  • Cholesterol as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease

Associate Professor Lisa Moran, Head of the Healthy Lifestyle Research Program

  • How nutrition affects the occurrence of disease, including heart disease.
  • Optimal obesity intervention methods for Australian women to reduce the side effects of polycystic ovary syndrome, diabetes and heart disease.

‘I have always been passionate about working with younger women early in life to reduce their risk of chronic diseases, by optimising lifestyle risk factors, including weight management. Working with people earlier in life has huge implications for preventing chronic disease, including cardiovascular disease.’

Dr Alison Beauchamp, Monash School of Rural health

  • Health literacy and the equitable provision of health services
  • Social epidemiology, including inequalities in cardiac outcomes

“Health literacy means being able to find, understand and apply health information. The use of digital health is increasing yet there is a real risk that people with lower health literacy will be left behind, creating a digital divide. We need to ensure that everyone has access to trustworthy and appropriate online information about their heart. We must also apply a ‘health literacy lens’ across the digital programs and services we provide so that they meet the needs of users with varied health literacy skills.”

Visit the Victorian Heart Institute at Monash University website for more information on how we are improving cardiovascular health for all Australians