One idea. 

The key to a community on the move.

Applications are now closed. 
Stay tuned for next year's challenge.  Dates to be announced shortly!  

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The Challenge

Got an idea to inspire your community to get moving? Share it with us!

We encourage entries from schools, tertiary institutions, councils and community groups as well as culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

Come up with a new project, partnership, product or process to make a difference.

Create an idea to meet the needs of your chosen community and make it easier for people to exercise.

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Application process

Applications have now closed. The dates for the 2020 Active Australia Innovation Challenge will be announced shortly. 

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NATIONAL HEART FOUNDATION OF AUSTRALIA ABN 98 008 419 761

For heart health information and support, call our Helpline on 13 11 12 or visit heartfoundation.org.au

Have an idea to get your community active?  

Achievements

The Heart Foundation has up to ten $10,000 grants for new, innovative programs that get more people moving in schools, universities or local community groups. 

Applications are now open and close on May 26. 

Our work is purpose-driven, focused on stopping Australia’s number one killer: coronary heart disease, which takes 48 lives every day.  

We do this by funding high-impact research; working to improve detection, treatment and prevention of heart disease; advocating to government and industry; building community awareness; and supporting health professionals. 

This work is made possible thanks to the generosity of everyday Australians who fund our lifesaving work; their donations make up 80% of our funding. 

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WALKING

48,129

more people registered for the Heart Foundation Walking program.

WARNING SIGNS

200,000

more people aware of the warning signs of a heart attack.

HEART HEALTH CHECKS

100,000

increase in the number of Heart Health Checks. 

DONATIONS

$10.1 m

increase in donated funds 

RESEARCH

$16.4m

funded for heart health research. 

At the Heart Foundation

we believe in a future free from heart disease. 

We are there for the 580,000 Australians living with coronary heart disease today, and we are working to prevent and manage heart disease for future generations.


The Heart Foundation continues its journey to save Australian hearts   

- John G Kelly,  Group CEO 

We look back at 2019 as a seminal year, when we acted to re-start the national conversation about the impacts of heart disease, secured significant and positive policy change, and built on our capability to improve the heart health of all Australians. 

We began 2019 with a commitment to re-engage with Australians about acting to protect their heart health. In January, we put our plan into action with the launch of our groundbreaking ’Serial Killer’ campaign.

Our Strategy

During 2019, the National Heart Foundation of Australia (‘Heart Foundation’), operated as a single unified national organisation which allowed greater emphasis on efficiently delivering our One Heart 2018–2020 Strategy.  

The delivery and collaboration of localised activities and events was crucial to our national strategy and input from the Local Advisory Boards remains an important component of our governance structure. 

The Heart Foundation Board (‘Board’) remains committed to ensuring that standards of good governance are realised openly and with integrity, commensurate with the Heart Foundation’s broader objectives.

At the Heart Foundation

we believe in a future free from heart disease. 

Right now, almost 13 million Australian adults have three or more risk factors for heart disease. Our work is purpose driven, focused on stopping Australia’s number one killer: heart disease, taking 51 lives every day.

Financials

Corporate Governance

In 2019 the Heart Foundation recorded a surplus of $2,522,000. The result was boosted by a positive adjustment of $6,311,000 at 31 December relating to an increase in ‘fair value of investments’ based on the positive movement in the share market in the last quarter of 2019.

The surplus result was ahead of planned expectations. In 2019 we:

  • maintained our level of bequest revenue
  • saw a small decline in non-bequest revenue, due to competition for support from the Australian public
  • increased our actual level of expenditure on research, as part of our commitment to increased funding over a three-year funding cycle
  • completed the delivery and evaluation of a number of significant Grant-funded health programs as contracted with External Partners
  • managed our overall expenditure within forecasts as we finalised our transition to one organisation, ensuring that future delivery of our key health activities will provide the best benefit to all Australians.

The Heart Foundation has a solid platform to support an increased commitment to health programs and research into the future.

Thank you

We are grateful to like minded people, organisations and businesses who share our vision of an Australia free of heart disease; we thank them for their support.

Everything we do is made possible by the generosity of our supporters. The support we receive from our donors, fundraisers, volunteers, corporate partners, as well as government and non-government partners, allows us to deliver on our vision and mission.

We also recognise the incredible effort and dedication of healthcare professionals, including surgeons, specialists, general practitioners, nurses, Aboriginal healthcare workers and others, whose work to save Australian hearts impacts on us all.

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Leading the fight to save Australian hearts 

At the Heart Foundation,

we believe in a future free from heart disease. 


Right now, almost 13 million Australian adults have three or more risk factors for heart disease. Our work is purpose driven, focused on stopping Australia’s number one killer: heart disease, taking 51 lives every day.

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64%

of GP's and 41% of practice nurses use the Heart Foundation guidelines 

To achieve this, we fund the highest-impact heart research and work to improve heart disease prevention, care and support for all Australians.

Too many families lose a loved one to heart disease, but we are making progress. While heart disease is still the leading cause of death, the rate of deaths has decreased by 86% since their peak in 1968.

We are there for the 620,000 Australians 2 living with heart disease today, and we are working to prevent and manage heart disease for future generations.

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2019

ANNUAL REVIEW 

2019 Annual Review

Continuing our fight to save Australian hearts.

Leading the fight to save Australian hearts

WALKING

48,129

more people registered for the Heart Foundation Walking Program

HEART HEALTH CHECKS

100,000

increase in the number of Heart Health Checks.

WARNING SIGNS

200,000

more people aware of the warning signs of a heart attack.

RESEARCH

$16.4m

funded for heart disease research. 

GUIDELINES

64%

of GP's and 41% of practice nurses use the Heart Foundation guidelines 

DONATIONS

$10.1 m

increase in donated funds 

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Celebrating 60 years of saving Australian hearts  

Sixty years ago, a dedicated group of cardiologists, lawyers and business people saw that heart disease was the cause of one in five deaths in Australia. They said: “Enough is enough”, and they formed the Heart Foundation. 

While coronary heart disease is still Australia’s biggest killer, the rate of deaths has fallen by 87% from their peak in 1968. 

Here are some highlights from the last 60 years of our fight for Australian hearts.

Serial Killer  

Launched in February 2019, in partnership with News Corp Australia, the ‘Serial Killer’ campaign aimed to cut through Australians’ dangerous complacency about coronary heart disease, our most prolific killer. 

Walk away from a killer

Beginning in October 2019,  the ‘Walk Away from a Killer’ campaign highlighted the number of Australians who die from heart disease each day and a new approach to defeating the killer.

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WALKING

48,129

more people registered for the Heart Foundation Walking program.

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