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Tackling Heart Disease in Western Australia

Tragically, heart disease is the biggest killer of the Western Australian community, claiming the lives of more than 4,300 people every year.

The Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute is determined to change that by building a world-class cardiovascular research hub in Western Australia.

Based in Perth, this centre of excellence will not only save lives locally but deliver scientific breakthroughs that will benefit people the world over.

It’s a bold vision but the days of heart disease being overlooked and underfunded in WA are now well and truly over.

Cardiovascular disease is responsible for 29% of all deaths in Western Australia

Cardiovascular disease is responsible for 29% of all deaths in Western Australia

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are 70% more likely to die from heart disease than non-Aboriginal people

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are 70% more likely to die from heart disease than non-Aboriginal people

Patients living in remote regions of WA are 40% more likely to die from heart attack

Patients living in remote regions of WA are 40% more likely to die from heart attack

Approximately 100,000 Western Australians are hospitalised for cardiovascular disease every year

Approximately 100,000 Western Australians are hospitalised for cardiovascular disease every year

Heart Research in Western Australia

The Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute appointed Professor Livia Hool as Faculty in Western Australia in 2013.

Key partnerships with Wesfarmers and Woodside have allowed Professor Hool to build on her pioneering work with the 2021 launch of Western Australia’s first dedicated centre of heart research and a new Wesfarmers, UWA-VCCRI Chair in Cardiovascular Research.

In March 2022, the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute and UWA signed an official strategic partnership to significantly boost heart disease research in WA and across the country even further. As well as the ratified affiliation, the Institute also celebrated the opening of its second laboratory at UWA, headed by Dr Lee Nedkoff.

With this strong foundation, the Centre looks to enhance cardiovascular research in WA, fast-track breakthroughs in heart disease treatments, and ultimately, improve the heart health of those far beyond the State’s borders.

Our laboratories in Western Australia

CARDIOVASCULAR ELECTROPHYSIOLOGY LAB

Researching:
- Heart failure and muscular dystrophy
- Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
- Sudden cardiac death

CARDIOLOGY POPULATION HEALTH LAB

Researching:
- Coronary heart disease epidemiology
- Population monitoring of cardiovascular disease
- Stroke Prevention

Heart Research News from Western Australia

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Acknowledgement of Country

The Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land, the Gadigal of the Eora nation, on which we meet, work, and discover.
Our Western Australian laboratories pay their respect to the Whadjuk Noongar who remain as the spiritual and cultural custodians of their land.

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