Brave Hearts – the New Zealand Cardiac Story is an acclaimed mobile, interactive exhibition developed by the Auckland Medical Museum Trust (AMMT). Interactive displays, objects and photographs tell stories of the pioneering team of cardiac clinicians and the bravery of patients who underwent new lifesaving cardiac procedures. The exhibition explains how the heart works, how we investigate heart disease, how we can prevent heart disease and the largely untold story of New Zealand’s leading international role in the evolution of heart surgery.

Brave Hearts – the New Zealand Cardiac Story opened at MOTAT in 2017 and since then has travelled to communities in nine different geographical areas in the North Island, spending several months in each place. Since July 2019 the exhibition has been located at AUT South Campus where it continues to be visited by a number of South Auckland schools and other groups by appointment.

At each host site there has been huge public interest and excellent collaboration with local stakeholders, health professionals, community groups and many others. Collaborations, along with effective marketing, and the involvement of volunteers has ensured public awareness and excellent visitor numbers. Overall visitor numbers since August 2017 exceed 103,000 including 2,800 school children participating in the education programme aligned to the content of the exhibition.

Brave Hearts exhibition

Brave Hearts

We wanted to celebrate those brave medical pioneers who rode a new wave of medicine to learn and teach how to repair the damaged hearts of newborn babies, children and adults.
Brave Hearts
Brave Hearts
We are excited about being back at AUT South Campus until the end of 2020. Intermediate and high school students are coming through the exhibition to learn about their hearts and the opportunities further education can bring to their and their families' lives.
Brave Hearts
Brave Hearts
Wishing you all a happy and healthy Christmas season with some tips from the Australian Heart Foundation for the holidays!

https://www.heartfoundation.org.au/news/top-five-tips-for-a-healthy-happy-festive-season
Brave Hearts
Brave Hearts
Coronary Heart Disease (or CHD) and stroke remain the number one causes of death in New Zealand. Make sure you go to your doctor to have your heart health checked regularly.
https://www.healthnavigator.org.nz/health-a-z/c/coronary-heart-disease/
Brave Hearts
Brave Hearts
The Auckland Medical Research Foundation hosts an interesting FREE event on October 15th: hear from the experts about advancements in heart health research. Flyer attached - spread the word and come along, it will be interesting!
Brave Hearts
Brave Hearts
Sir Brian Barratt-Boyes is still present in the minds of a lot of his patients!
https://nzhistory.govt.nz/keyword/brian-barratt-boyes
Brave Hearts
Brave Hearts
The Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand came through - thank you to all the medical professionals represented by CSANZ for your dedication to improve understanding, diagnosis and treatment of the human heart!
#CSANZ
http://www.csanzasm.nz

Principal sponsor

Special acknowledgement

Lottery Grants Board through the World War One Commemorations, Environment and Heritage (LWEH) Committee.

A full list of donors is available here.

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AMMT is a Registered Charitable Trust CC50444 under the New Zealand Charities Act 2005.