Support

Support

Peer Support

Peer Support is the essence of our organisation. We believe that peer support can improve people’s wellbeing, meaning they have fewer hospital stays, larger support networks, better self-esteem, confidence and encourages self-management.

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:

Queensland

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 caboolture@heartnet.org.au.

Our Maryborough Group was established to serve heart patients in Maryborough (QLD) and its surrounding areas.

You can contact the Maryborough Group at edwyn.francis@bigpond.com

Victoria

The San Remo Group in Victoria provides support, information, and encouragement to heart patients in San Remo and the surrounding regions.

You can contact the San Remo Group at johncharlett@gmail.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 alan.warwick@hotmail.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 Group at tajacko@gmail.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 office@heartnet.org.au

Our Goulburn group has been operating for several months and meets monthly at the Goulburn Workers’ Club. We are looking for a suitable person to become leader.

You can contact the Goulburn Group at office@heartnet.org.au

Western Australia

Our Perth Group has been providing support to heart patients in Perth and Western Australia
for many years.

You can contact the Perth Group at davemcan@bigpond.net.au

Australian Capital Territory

Our Canberra Group is an active group with monthly meeting on the third Wednesday of every month at L3 50 Launceston Street, Phillip ACT at 12.30 pm.

You can contact the Canberra Group at rvstirling@hotmail.com

Northern Territory
Our Darwin Group has been an active group with meetings every month. They also have walking groups. ​You can contact the Darwin Branch at bindu.valsalachandran@heartfoundation.org.au
Peer Support

This group is open to anyone and meets monthly via Zoom. You can also join any virtual meeting if you are a member of a regular group.

To receive the link into the zoom meeting contact the National Office on 02 6253 0097 or office@heartnet.org.au

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.

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