Heart disease affects one in six (4.2 million) Australians and is the leading cause of death for both men and women. While physical and medical aspects are often well addressed after a cardiac event, the return to everyday life can be daunting. People frequently seek others who have gone through the same experience and with whom they can relate.
Alan Galbraith – Chair of Heart Support Australia Australia says that “Life after a cardiac event can be a rewarding experience of change, or fraught with fear of the unknown. We are dedicated to providing peer support to individuals as they navigate a path back to a quality of life that will see them healthy, confident and empowered”.
The Healthy Heart Program is endorsed by the Australian College of Nursing and has been designed to provide peer support to individuals, carers and families following a cardiac event. Through this free eight-week Program, people can explore the concepts of self-management and heart health in a safe, non-clinical space. The Program aims to improve long-term outcomes and reduce the risk of having another cardiac event. Each session addresses a different topic, including heart anatomy, risk factors, lifestyle changes and mental health.
Fay Bahemia, facilitator of the Healthy Heart Program in Perth says, “Peer support has many benefits. People can ask those ‘silly questions’ that they are too embarrassed or shy to ask their health care professional. We offer and share our invaluable collective knowledge of a lived experience in a safe, friendly, non-judgemental space”.
The next Healthy Heart Program in Perth starts on Wednesday, 21 August 2019 at 5:30pm in South Perth. The eight sessions run for 90 minutes and are free. For more details and bookings, contact Heart Support – Australia‘s Head Office in Canberra. (02) 6253 0097 or firstname.lastname@example.org