Treks through parts of Australia to listen, learn, educate, diagnose and treat Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities affected by rheumatic heart disease.

There have been four Treks to the Northern Territory, Queensland and Central Australia/APY Lands – with 3907 children’s hearts screened and over 8000 people participating in RHD/heart/skin awareness education.

Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD) is a preventable disease but if it’s not diagnosed or treated, it can cause heart failure, disability and even death. The burden of RHD continues to grow in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia. The Deadly Heart Trek is in consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, local Land Councils and is a community-led and community-based program. We aim to empower Aboriginal leadership and self-determination and demonstrate that RHD needs political action and commitment.