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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 congenital and childhood acquired heart disease, looking at some key facts and statistics.
Download - The Facts (PDF)
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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 podcast explores stories of Australians impacted by CHD. It is for anyone impacted by congenital or childhood heart conditions.
Go To - HeartKids Podcast (webpage)
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.
Download - Starting School (PDF)
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)
Kimberley has had to navigate a mental health journey of her own since bringing her heart kid Mikaela home.
Watch video - Kimberley Cepon (YouTube)
A booklet for teens and young people providing information about growing up with a heart condition.
Download - Booklet (PDF)
Information for teens and young people about mental health when living with a heart condition.
Download - Mental Health (PDF)
Information on sex, contraception, pregnancy and family planning for people with congenital heart disease.
Download - Sex and Pregnancy (PDF)
Information on the different stages of transition and how to manage a heart condition during this time.
Download - Growing Up (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)
Four teens at the HeartKids Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Teen Camp in 2021 share their thoughts.
Watch - Teen Camp 2021 (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)
Mandela talks about her CHD journey with son Myles.
Download - Mandela'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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