HEARTOON – A multimedia, multidisciplinary approach to Cardiac Rehabilitation

Mrs Carolyn Conway1

1DPV Health, Epping , Australia


AIM:  To provide Cardiac Rehabilitation clients with heart health education in an accessible, engaging format by developing e-learning resources that can be used at any time and location.

METHOD:  The HEARTOON project developed a comprehensive heart health e-learning resource using VideoScribe animation software. Seven education topics, aligned with existing face to face education sessions, were developed into short evidence based animated videos in an easy to understand format. Voiceover scripts were developed by a multidisciplinary allied health team for the topics: Your Heart, Risk Factors, Exercise, Healthy Eating, Label Reading, Medications, Footwear and foot care. Tertiary students assisted with development of the animations using photos and free online images. Consumer representative input was sought at each stage of project development. The final e-learning resource was saved onto USB’s for distribution to DPV Health Cardiac Rehabilitation clients.

RESULTS: Seven e-learning videos were produced ranging from 5 to 9 minutes. Two planned topics, Goal setting and Stress management, have not yet been developed due to staff turnover during the project period. Initially staff intended to develop the VideoScribe animations, but this proved to be a time consuming process. Bachelor of Health Science students were engaged to complete the videos as part of their project placement. Plans for the future include making the resource more widely available, such as through the organisation website.

SIGNIFICANCE OF THE FINDINGS TO ALLIED HEALTH: E-learning is a feasible and flexible tool for clients in community based settings.


Carolyn Conway is a Community Health Nurse, with over 30 years experience in hospital and community health settings. Carolyn is currently employed as a Cardiac Rehabilitation program coordinator and Diabetes Nurse Educator at DPV Health.