Heart Foundation

Heart Foundation’s Warning Signs

The situation

The Heart Foundation is an independent charity which aims to reduce suffering and death from heart, stroke and blood vessel disease in Australia

The Heart Foundation SA has a small local communications team and sought PR support to achieve a strategic and proactive approach to launch its ‘Will you recognise your heart attack?’ campaign.


The ’Will you recognise your heart attack?’ campaign aimed to increase the relevance of heart health, recognition of the warning signs and the awareness of the correct actions to take. The campaign in particular targeted those who did not perceive themselves as typically ‘at risk’ of suffering from a heart attack such as women and younger people.

Key objectives of the campaign were to:

  • Raise awareness of the warning signs of a heart attack and what to do about it
  • Support the Heart Foundation advertising campaign and educational messages
  • Further position the Heart Foundation as the leading authority on heart attacks and heart health; and
  • Secure one substantial media piece per week for the 8 week period of the campaign, across the range of media channels.


The ‘Will you recognise your heart attack?’ communication campaign consisted of the following key elements:

  • Production of a media kit including case studies and detailed factsheets covering a wide variety of news angles;
  • Stakeholders Launch event at the Palace Nova Cinema for an audience of health professionals.
  • Media Launch event at the Royal Adelaide Hospital featuring keynote speeches.
  • Media briefings and timely media releases throughout the campaign.
  • Engagement with cardiovascular health stakeholders through regional events and briefings for SA health professionals;
  • Community engagement through the support of the Heart Foundation’s annual Doorknock Appeal;
  • Generation of ongoing media stories throughout the campaign;
  • Identifying and training key VIP spokespeople to engage with the media;
  • Providing media interview opportunities for Heart Foundation SA’s Chief Executive and VIP spokespeople; and
  • Supporting the campaign via the Heart Foundation SA’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.

The campaign culminated in extensive print and online media coverage including an article and front page headline in The Advertiser’s Boomer Magazine, articles in Sunday Mail and AdelaideNow and highlights of the key messages were also printed in The Australian and nine SA regional newspapers.

The ’Will you recognise your heart attack?’ campaign was also featured on commercial and ABC radio, TV news services,talk-back programs, as well as Radio Australia and ABC National radio. SA regional radio stations also covered the campaign in the first twelve weeks.

On the campaign launch day the ’Will you recognise your heart attack?’ television commercial was embedded in News Limited website AdelaideNow, and received almost 1000 views over 24 hours.