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:
Our Caboolture and District 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 email@example.com.
New South Wales
Our Dubbo Group has been providing support to heart patients in Dubbo and regional NSW. They meet monthly and also have several walking groups.
You can contact the Dubbo Group at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Group at email@example.com
Our Orange group has just started its operations and is looking for new members and a leader.
You can contact the Orange Group at firstname.lastname@example.org
Australian Capital Territory
Membership Of Heart Support Australia
All peer support groups offer a variety of activities through regular monthly meetings, monthly newsletters, telephone and email support, coffee chats, social get-togethers, practical transport where required to hospitals and appointments and sharing experiences in a caring environment.
Experienced members can undertake training so they can visit patients in hospital before and after they have their operations. This training can be done online or in some cases as a full day training on site.
To be considered a member of Heart Support Australia you must be a member of a Peer Support Group. This entitles you to vote at the AGM, receive a members’ only lapel pin, wear a Heart Support Australia polo shirt and receive a discount on all merchandise.
Join us for free membership today.
By donating to HS-A you can support patients affected by a heart event while also supporting their families, carers and friends as they navigate their journey through diagnosis