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The HeART Project - Rheumatic Heart Disease Program Queensland

Fri 29 Jan - Thu 18 Feb

LAUNCH: 6pm, Friday 29 January

‘HeART’ features artists from across northern correctional & detention facilities, with works portraying their personal impression of acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD) and how the disease has impacted their families and communities.

The HeART art project was a collaboration between the RHD Register and Control Program in Queensland (the RHD Program) and North Queensland’s correction and detention facilities of Stuart in Townsville (women), Lotus Glen in Mareeba (men), and the Cleveland Youth Centre.

RHD Program staff found that some residents with ARF and RHD were refusing the required treatment with penicillin injections (secondary prophylaxis), generally believing this was not needed whilst residing in the facilities.  A health promotion activity was initiated aimed at putting education back into the hands of those living with the disease.

Facility residents created paintings based on their experience with and understanding of the disease.  Through their art they educate others about the seriousness of ARF and RHD and share their personal stories.

LAUNCH: 6pm Friday 29 January

VENUE: Tank 4 COST: Free

OPEN: 9.00am – 4.30pm weekdays, 10am – 2.00pm weekends.

INFO: ARF and RHD information on | RHD Program Qld 1300 429536

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