Information sessions

HeartKids is very excited to commence free monthly online Get-togethers and Education Sessions for all adults with Congenital Heart Disease and their family and friends.

You asked and we listened! At HeartKids we are responding to questions and comments that we have had from you.

In our first three sessions we are responding initially to; mental health, living with adult CHD during Covid 19 and finally just having a space to talk with and have fun with other adults who have CHD.

These will be held via Zoom technology. This software is easy to use and will allow us to hold our adult sessions nationally for the first time!! Additionally, with your consent, we will publish parts of the sessions on Youtube and on our HeartKIds Website so everyone who wants to see them can access them.

Please RSVP to receive the zoom link and note your consent to film. Or, if you are unable to attend at that time please RSVP your interest and we will send you a link for any recordings or resources that are available


First Session: Emotional Health for Adults with CHD

Date: Thursday 10 September

Time: 3:30pm – 5:00pm RUOK Day 


This session will cover emotional health and coping during COVID-19. 

We will be joined by Prof Alun C Jackson, Director of the Australian Centre for Heart Health and Associate Professor Rosemary Higgins, Health Psychologist at the Australian Centre for Heart Health.

Prof Alun Jackson

Professor Alun Jackson PhD is a behavioural scientist with over 30 years’ experience in behavioural health research and practice in areas such as HIV/AIDS as head of a sociobahavioural research program at the National Centre for HIV/AIDS Social Research; paediatric oncology and the management of medically fragile children; end stage renal failure; psychological and social aspects of cosmetic surgery; veterans’mental health; cardiac psychology and familial impacts of congenital heart disease.

He is Director of the Australian Centre for Heart Health; Honorary Professor in the Faculty of Health at Deakin University; Honorary Professorial Fellow in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne; and Honorary Professor, Centre on Behavioural Health, University of Hong Kong.

Prof Rosemary Higgins

Associate Professor Rosemary Higgins is a Health Psychologist and registered supervisor. Rosemary works with adults and their families to help them cope with and manage the impact of health issues and lifestyle change.
Diagnosis and long term management of a major illness can challenge views about mortality and meaning. This can trigger both existential suffering and growth. Rosemary works with individuals and their families to help them cope and ideally to THRIVE, not just survive. Rosemary has expertise in chronic illness, cardiac and respiratory psychology. 

She is trained in family therapy and enjoys working with couples and the broader family unit to support improved functioning. Rosemary is trained in ACT therapy and MI alongside other approaches. Rosemary lectures at The University of Melbourne, and is an Hon Assoc Prof at Deakin University, authored over 50 research papers, and trains health professionals across Australia



Session 2: Q & A session with Prof David Celermajer around Adults with CHD during COVID-19.

Date: Wednesday October 14th

Time: 2:00 - 3:00pm

Speaker: Prof David Celemejer


This session will hope to cover your questions about making your way through 2020. Dr Celermajer won’t be able to discuss your personal medical history, but rather more generalised questions about working, where to exercise and socialising… and anything else you would like to ask! Please send all your questions to Remember the more questions the better!

David Celemajer photo 2012

Prof David Celermajer is the Scandrett Professor of Cardiology at The University of Sydney, Director of Echocardiography in the Cardiology Department as well as Director of Adult Congenital Heart Services at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and Clinical Director at The Heart Research Institute.

Some of David’s major achievements include; In 2014, he was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia for services as a researcher and clinician in the field of cardiovascular disease. Dr Celermajer’s research areas of expertise include adult congenital heart disease, pulmonary hypertension, clinical cardiology and early origins of atherosclerosis.NSW Health Minister’s Award for Lifetime Achievement in Cardiovascular Research in 2012, Simon Dack Award for excellence in cardiology in 2010, Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science since 2006 and Commonwealth Health Minister’s Award for Excellence in Health and Medical Research, for outstanding lifetime contribution in 2002.


Session 3: Meeting other Adults living with CHD

Date: Friday November 13th

Time: 4pm

Topic: Fun!! This will be a chance to meet each other and have some fun. We are looking at on-line Bingo, Trivia or something fun. Any ideas email

RSVP: Coming soon