Peer Support is the essence of our organisation. We believe that peer support encourages self-management and can improve people’s wellbeing, meaning they have better self-esteem, increased confidence, larger support networks and fewer hospital stays.
For a person who has undergone a heart event talking with someone who has been through the same or similar circumstances makes it much easier to express their feelings and concerns. Listening to that person helps to break down the feeling of loneliness and isolation. It can help them come to terms with the loss, grief and changes resulting from their illness.
Peer support gives people more confidence to communicate with their doctors, find new ways to express themselves, feel empowered.
We are always looking to create new peer support groups for patients, family and carers who have been affected by a heart event.
Currently they are situated in:
Australian Capital Territory
New South Wales
Our Batemans Bay Peer Support Group is newly established as of November 2022 to provide support, information and encouragement for people with heart disease in the Bay.
You can contact the Batemans Bay Peer Support Group at email@example.com
Our Dubbo Peer Support Group has been providing support to heart patients in Dubbo and regional NSW. They meet monthly and also have a walking group.
You can contact the Dubbo Peer Support Group at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Goulburn Peer Support Group has been operating for over a year now and meets monthly at the Goulburn Workers’ Club.
You can contact the Goulburn Peer Support Group at email@example.com
Our Illawarra Peer Support Group has been providing support to heart patients in Illawarra and regional NSW for a couple of years.
You can contact the Illawarra Peer Support Group at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Moruya Peer Support Group is newly established as of November 2022 to provide support, information and encouragement for people with heart disease on the south coast.
You can contact the Moruya Peer Support Group at email@example.com
Our Orange Peer Support Group is newly established, ready for new members and a Volunteer Peer Support Group Leader.
For more information about our Orange Peer Support Group or to express your interest as a Volunteer Peer Support Group Leader for Orange, please contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Narooma Peer Support Group is newly established as of November 2022 to provide support, information and encouragement for people with heart disease in this south coast region.
You can contact the Narooma Peer Support Group at email@example.com
Our Caboolture and District Peer Support Group was established in 2003 and has been providing support to heart patients in Caboolture and the surrounding area ever since.
You can contact the Caboolture and District Group at firstname.lastname@example.org
Heart Support Australia’s monthly online seminar showcasing a health specialist presenting information on heart-related topics and usually with time for questions at the end. Heart Support Connect is open to anyone and takes place each month via Zoom.
Keep an eye on our newsletter and social pages for the date, time and link to join the Heart Support Connect sessions. For more information on how to join phone us on 02 6253 0097 or email us at email@example.com
Membership Of Heart Support Australia
Our peer support groups offer a variety of activities through regular monthly meetings, monthly newsletters, telephone and email support, coffee chats, social get-togethers, transport (where possible) to hospitals and appointments and sharing experiences in a caring environment.
A Visiting Patient Volunteer Course will also soon be available for experienced members to undertake training and visit cardiac patients in hospital to provide pre or post-operative support, information and encouragement.
Becoming a Heart Support Australia member is free and can benefit you throughout your heart event recovery or as you learn to manage your cardiac diagnosis. Other benefits include receiving:
- Our monthly newsletter, The Pulse.
- A ten percent (10%) discount on exclusive Heart Support Australia merchandise.
- A small Welcome & Info Pack in the post.
No peer support groups listed near you? You are most welcome to sign up as a member and contact us for confidential telephone or email support whilst we aim to facilitate a Peer Support Group in or near your area.
Join us for free membership today.
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