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Information on COVID-19 for people impacted by childhood heart disease, including general advice about vaccines.
Open - CHD and COVID-19
This fact sheet provides an overview of the different types of childhood heart disease, looking at some key facts and statistics.
Download - The Facts (PDF)
Most cases of congenital heart defects have no known cause. Some of the known causes include genetics and environmental factors related to maternal health.
Download - Causes (PDF)
These resources explain more about the major types of heart abnormalities grouped under the term childhood heart disease, including congenital and childhood acquired heart conditions:
This fact sheet contains general information about CHD, how to manage a new diagnosis and information on how to access more support if you need it.
Download - New Diagnosis (PDF)
This brochure explains some of the support and services HeartKids provides to individuals and families in and out of hospital.
Download - How HeartKids Can Support You (PDF)
This fact sheet provides information and tips to help you identify and meet any challenges when your child is starting school.
Poppy and her mum Jess share some details of their journey, as well as some advice for other families and young heart kids.
Watch video - The Kelly Family (YouTube)
Information on the different stages of transition and how to manage a heart condition during this time.
Download - Growing Up (PDF)
Information on sex, contraception, pregnancy and family planning for people with congenital heart disease.
Download - Sex and Pregnancy (PDF)
Information to help young people with CHD make informed choices about alcohol and energy drinks.
Download - Alcohol (PDF)
Almost everyone with CHD can benefit from exercise but it is important to speak to your doctor so that you can do it in a way that is safe and beneficial for you.
Download - Exercise (PDF)
Some young people with heart conditions may need to be extra vigilant about flu shots and other preventative vaccines that are not on the standard immunisation schedule.
Download - Immunisation (PDF)
The information in this fact sheet explains how and why you are entitled to confidential health care.
Download - Privacy (PDF)
Information on preparing for travel and trips when you have a heart condition, including tips for travel insurance.
Download - Travel (PDF)
It is important to maintain ongoing care for your heart disease in adulthood. This fact sheet outlines some key considerations for adults.
Download - Adulthood (PDF)
Kennedy Cherrington is an NRLW player and a heart kid. Learn about Kennedy's journey to managing her life and heart condition independently, and what advice she has for other young heart kids.
Watch - Kennedy Cherrington (YouTube)
Davina Quartermaine talks about her family's journey with grandson Paul.
Download - Davina and Paul's Story (PDF)
Clinton and Monique Mooney talk about their family's journey with daughter Mahli-May.
Download - Mahli-May's Story (PDF)
HeartKids pays its respects to the Traditional Owners across the lands on which we work and live, and acknowledge their Elders past, present and emerging.
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