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28 Aug 2018

Brave Hearts – the New Zealand Cardiac Story

The exhibition Brave Hearts which is supported by the Green Lane Research and Education Fund continues to be well received as it travels to communities.

Brave Hearts is imaginatively displaying the human heart in health and disease and lauds the courage and brilliance of our forbearers who made modern care possible. With Brave Hearts  the ultimate goal is to lift health outcomes in economically underprivileged families, especially Maori and Pacific, through empowerment. Self-knowledge about how to prevent heart disease is a practical strategy helping to realise that goal.

Brave Hearts is:

 - educating communities about how the heart works and what things go wrong with it;

 - engendering pride within the community at the accomplishments of pioneering New Zealanders;

 - improving understanding of heart disease, how it can be prevented and the importance of early treatment; and we believe also

 - motivating young people (especially from marginal groups) to visualise a career in science generally and medical science in particular.

Brave Hearts opened in August 2017 on the MOTAT site in Auckland, travelled and has been open to the public at the University of Waikato, Hamilton (February, March 2018), the Auckland University (AUT) Technology north campus (April, May 2018) and the Wynyard Quarter for three in weeks in June. From Wynyard it moved to the AUT south campus, and will relocate to Henderson for October 2018 before travelling to Rotorua for the period November 2018 until March 2019. See for all travel plans.

The schools education programme which accompanies the exhibition, developed by TestPod under contract to AMMT is very successful, with for example 1300 children from decile one schools booked to visit on the south Auckland location. The schools programme links with the schools science curriculum and focuses on creativity, science and the accomplishments through teamwork of their forebears, encouraging young people to consider science and technology career paths.  Photos and student and school feedback are posted on the Brave Hearts web-site.

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