Raising awareness of women's heart health - speech in parliament, 19 June, 2017

As the co-chair of the Parliamentary Friends of Heart and Stroke Foundations, I am very pleased to work in parliament to raise awareness of heart disease generally and in this week in particular, to raise awareness of Australian women’s heart health by promoting the Heart Foundation’s campaign Making the Invisible Visible for the months of June. 

Heart disease is the number one killer of women in Australia, claiming three times as many lives as breast cancer.

Unfortunately many women do not consider heart disease as a health issue that affects them, however 50 Australian women have a heart attack each day with heart disease claiming 24 female lives in Australia every day.