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Sep 04 2023
Lunch in the Heart of Sydney Friday 29th September 2023 This year the Heart Centre for Children and Kids Heart Research are coordinating our firs...

Rising Star Award

Feb 22 2022
We would like to congratulate Dr Gillian Blue from Kids Heart Research, Heart Centre for Children who was awarded the Rising Star Award at the 2021...

Team Harley - City2Surf 2017

Jun 27 2017
Mum Danielle puts it beautifully: "Why we started Team Harley: To raise awareness for Congenital Heart Disease in memory of our amazing...

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24 hour Soccer Marathon

Posted by Kylie Flament on 5 July 2016

Are you interested in being part of a 24 hour game of indoor soccer?  The Kicking Goals for Kids soccer marathon is in its fifth year and will take place from 6pm Friday 2 to 6pm Saturday 3 September 2016 in Dural.

It is a fun night and day, with music and a delicious BBQ for all players.  It's a great way to get involved, and perhaps take on a team of Heart Centre staff.

For more information, head to

We look forward to seeing you there!

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2 weeks to go - Mending Small Hearts

Posted by Kylie Flament on 2 July 2016

Just two weeks to go until the Mending Small Hearts gala dinner on 16 July.  This wonderful event sold out several weeks ago and promises to be a great evening.  A huge thank you to the organisers.  We look forward to seeing you on the night!

For more information, head to the Mending Small Hearts Facebook page.

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Harley is my Heart Hero

Posted by Kylie Flament on 29 June 2016

Harley was one of our patients who sadly passed away just recently.  His family and friends are honouring his life by selling "Harley is my Heart Hero" t-shirts and doing a series of fundraisers.

The Facebook page is available here, including Harley's story.  The family made the news with their fundraising efforts, and we cannot thank them enough for supporting the work that we do at the Heart Centre for Children.  Harley's memory will certainly live on.

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Thank you Australian Islamic Mission

Posted by Kylie Flament on 23 June 2016

This year's Ride Your Heart Out 80km cycle challenge raised a huge $12,000 for the Heart Centre for Children.  A big thank you to Omar Eter and Eahab Arja who came and presented us with the cheque today.  They are pictured here with Dr Christian Turner, one of our cardiologists.

We're already looking forward to the 2017 challenge, scheduled for late February next year.  Head to for more information.

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Mending Small Hearts

Posted by Kylie Flament on 3 May 2016
We were very excited to see one of our families in the news, and to hear about the Mending Small Hearts gala dinner they are putting together.  The goal of the Mending Small Hearts charity event is to raise money towards new equipment two ECG machines and a cardiac ultrasound machine. The hospital treats up to 3500 children with congenital heart disease each year. Mrs Roy says despite the ongoing challenges, Ethan is a happy baby. "He's easygoing, and takes everything in his stride," she said. "He has an amazing team of carers, so we want to give back to say thanks for everybody who has effectively saved his life." The gala dinner is on July 16 at Doltone House, Sylvania Waters. Contributions can be made through monetary donations, vouchers or goods for a silent auction and raffle, or table sponsorship. Click here to read Ethan's full story and how his family are helping us. ...
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Our new Heart Lung Machine

Posted by Kylie Flament on 22 April 2016

We held a celebratory event on Monday to thank the major donors and fundraisers who made the purchase of a new Heart Lung Machine possible.  Over 700 people contributed to the funds needed to get this machine, which acts as the heart and lungs for a patient during bypass surgery.  We were overwhelmed by the generosity of the community, both in dollar value and in the time and effort that went in to so many fundraising events.  Thank you all. 

This video explains a little more about how much it means to us:



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Study launch: From the Heart

Posted by Nadine Kasparian on 10 February 2016
We are very pleased to announce the launch of our latest research study, "From the Heart". This study is looking into the health and well-being of children and adults with a Fontan circulation and their families. It is being coordinated by Laura Mitchell through the Heart Centre for Children in Sydney and The University of New South Wales, and is a collaboration with the ANZ Fontan Registry. Through "From the Heart" we are hoping to learn more about the individual experiences of people with a Fontan circulation, as well as the experiences of their parents and siblings. We believe it is really important to understand the experiences of everyone within the family, and it would be great to have as many people as possible   take part! If you or your child are not in the ANZ Fontan Registry but would like to be, or your contact details have changed, please contact us as soon as possible via: If you would like to kn...
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Abdalah's new heart

Posted by Kylie Flament on 11 January 2016

One of our patients, little Abdalah, appeared in the Parramatta Sun last week.  Abdalah had a heart transplant last year and as his Mum says, "now he's very good, he's a happy, normal little boy".  Read the full story at:

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Surgeon nominated for Australian of the Year

Posted by Kylie Flament on 23 November 2015
We are incredibly proud of all of our surgeons and the work that they do, and Ian Nicholson is certainly no exception.  He is one of four NSW nominees for Australian of the Year 2016.  From the award website: "One of Australia's leading cardiothoracic surgeons, Dr Ian Nicholson has a heart of gold. A regular volunteer with Open Heart International since his first trip to Fiji in 1994, Ian has travelled throughout the Pacific and Africa to give people in developing countries the lifesaving surgery they deserve yet cannot afford. Each year, Ian lands in places like Papua New Guinea, Rwanda and Cambodia to run a 'patient production line' that treats both children and adults suffering from a range of treatable conditions from congenital heart defects to rheumatic heart disease. With selfless generosity, Ian has mentored medical teams in developing countries for two decades, passing on his skills and knowledge to help them gain self-sufficiency. Operatin...
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Buy a Heart

Posted by Kylie Flament on 20 November 2015
On Tuesday the Friends of the Heart Centre (a group of parents and community members supporting the Heart Centre for Children through fundraising, advocacy and feedback) launched the "Buy a Heart" programme within the hospital.  Hearts of different colours and sizes are available for donors, whose money will go towards equipment, research and support for patients and families.  Donors can include their child's name, photo, or their own message on the heart, which will be displayed at our outpatients clinic reception or in Edgar Stephen Ward.  Please contact us if you would like to buy a heart! $50 - red heart
$100 - silver heart
$200 - gold heart
$500 - double heart
$1000 - triple heart ...
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