Heart Support Australia members from across the country gathered in Canberra on Thursday 28 February to meet with the Heart Support Australia's board , National Office staff, MPs, cardiac specialists and health consumer representatives and celebrate the launch of the organisation's new National Office.
The event was an opportunity for attendees to celebrate the achievements that Australia's peak body providing peer support, information and encouragement has enjoyed over the years.
"As we reflect on our achievements over the last thirty years we also look to what the future holds for our vital organisation as we move forward on our mission to provide peer support, education and encouragement to people living with a cardiac condition," said Alan Galbraith, Chair of Heart Support Australia.
John Charlett from Heart Support Australia's San Remo branch shared his personal story and stressed how important changing bad habits, doing regular exercise and maintaining a healthy diet had been in his recovery. Katia Medina, one of Heart Support Australia's Healthy Heart Program Facilitators gave a first hand account on the positive changes she was seeing in program participants.
Heart Support Australia those who attended the launch, each of whom have played a vital role in bringing the organisation to where it is today.
In closing the event, Heart Support Australia CEO Amy Squires said,"Thank you for helping us to put the infrastructure in place to move forward as an organisation...We will continue to require support from government, business, kindred organisations and the health sector to ensure Heart Support Australia is accessible to health consumers across the country."