HESTA fighting the ‘silent killer’ through new partnership

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HESTA and the Heart Foundation have joined forces in the fight for women’s heart health, forming a collaborative partnership to increase knowledge and awareness of the ‘silent killer’- heart attacks.

HESTA CEO Debby Blakey said working with the Heart Foundation was an opportunity to help improve health outcomes for Australian women.

“As an industry super fund, we’re obviously focused on the financial well-being of our members in retirement but it’s much bigger than that. It’s really important to also focus on their physical well-being and our members being fit, healthy and well in retirement,” said Ms Blakey.

HESTA has more than 680,000 female members working in the health and community services sector.

“When we heard about the tragic statistics around women and heart disease we were shocked, as I’m sure many people are,” said Ms Blakey.

“We saw an opportunity to have a real impact and hopefully help save lives.”

Heart Foundation National CEO, Adjunct Professor John Kelly, said the partnership aimed to help women better understand heart attack warning signs and encourage regular heart health checks.

“Heart disease directly accounts for the deaths of about 22 women each day in Australia, and many women are not aware that they are at risk from this silent killer,” said Professor Kelly.

Professor Kelly said working with HESTA provided an opportunity to reach more women right around Australia.

“HESTA can help us raise awareness with new audiences and in new ways. A significant number of HESTA members live and work in regional and rural areas, so we want to support them to improve their heart health and wellbeing, and encourage other women to do likewise,” he said.

Read more: HESTA takes up the fight for women’s super savings – editorial.

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