We are privileged to have professional Sydney Roosters player and rising star Latrell Mitchell as our Heart Health Ambassador. The humble 19 year old jumped at the opportunity to make a difference in the area of heart health having been touched by heart disease himself - witnessing it in his family and his community.
With cardiovascular disease being the number 1 killer in Indigenous Australians, Latrell is passionate about improving the heart health in Aboriginal people.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people when compared to other Australians:
- Have higher rates of heart conditions
- Are twice as likely to have a heart attack
- Are more than 10 times more likely to die from coronary artery disease
- Have poorer access to health services aimed at heart disease prevention and treatment
- Have higher rates of largely preventable risk factors associated with heart disease such as smoking, obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes
- Are more likely to die from cardiovascular disease when they’re young or in middle age
Given these statistics, St Vincent's Heart Health is currently developing an Aboriginal component for the website - with tailored education for Indigenous Australians featuring images, animations, videos and stories. Stay tuned!!
Pictured below, heart surgery patient Lionel is grateful for Latrell's support and encouragement during his recovery .