Heart Support Australia welcomes the Federal Governments Health Budget as handed down on Tuesday 8th May 2018.
The $338.1m funding for mental health and the $5.0b funding for aged care will greatly assist the implementation of key programs and enhance support for individuals living with cardiac disease to attain better health outcomes.
Heart Support Australia through its long history of providing peer support programs to individuals and their carers after a cardiac event welcomes the announced health initiatives.
Heart related disease remains the nation’s biggest killer, claiming the life of one Australian every 12 minutes and the economic cost is measured in the billions. Heart Support Australia’s focus on providing peer support to individuals after they have returned home greatly assists with their transition back to a healthy productive life. The health budget measures will enable Heart Support Australia to expand its reach and effectiveness in providing peer support as well as allowing Heart Support Australia to grow its programs and services.
“Recovering from major heart surgery can create mental health problems like depression and stress in the recovery process of individuals whom have little or no support. I am pleased to see the Government providing $82.5 million dollars for the provision of psychological services to individuals at a critical point in their recovery.” said Heart Support Australia CEO Ms Amy Squires.