Heart Support Australia has welcomed the Federal Government’s provision of $170,000 to the National Heart Foundation of Australia which will support a healthier way forward for people at risk of heart disease or stroke.
The Heart Foundation will use the money to explore more effective ways to diagnose, treat and manage these conditions.
“Heart disease is the single leading cause of death in Australia and evidence shows that the number of people with cardiovascular disease will continue to rise,” said Heart Support Australia CEO Amy Squires.
Stroke is another of Australia’s leading causes of mortality and is the country’s leading cause of disability.
With assistance from the National Stroke Foundation, the Heart Foundation will develop a strategic action plan in an effort to improve outcomes for Australian patients. This plan is the first of its kind and will have a focus on prevention, control and research of cardiovascular disease.
Heart Support Australia CEO Amy Squires joins Heart Foundation Chief Executive Professor John Kelly in commending Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt’s long term commitment to reducing the effects of cardiovascular disease.
Heart Support Australia provides support, information and encouragement through peer support to patients, carers and families who have been affected by a heart event. If you or a loved one has been affected by a cardiac event please contact Heart Support Australia’s National Office to see how the organisation can be of service.