Heart Week 2024: Let's promote heart health awareness

Last updated 9 May 2024
Heart Week 2024: Let's promote heart health awareness

Australia's national Heart Week runs from 6 to 12 May this year, and healthcare providers are encouraged to engage their patients in discussions about heart health. With statistics indicating that one Australian suffers a heart attack or stroke every 4 minutes, empowering your patients to reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) can help save lives.

Heart health resources for healthcare workers

  • The Aus CVD Risk calculator can be used during your patient's heart health check. This calculator is uniquely calibrated for the Australian population to allow for a more accurate risk estimation.

  • Healthcare professionals can further bolster heart health checks by accessing the free Heart Week resource pack that includes promotional tools and resources to facilitate patient engagement.

  • The Heart Foundation's upcoming clinical webinar on Thursday 9 May 2024 offers insights into cutting-edge management strategies, including the newly defined cardiovascular-kidney-metabolic (CKM) syndrome. Led by researcher Dr Chiadi Ndumele, this webinar looks into evidence-based management strategies and practical applications in primary healthcare settings. This webinar has been accredited with the RACGP for 1.5 hours.
    Learn more about the webinar and register here.

  • The Cardiovascular Disease Quality Improvement (QI) Toolkit can help you practice identify patients who have cardiovascular disease and how these patients are being managed.

  • Brisbane South PHN has a quality improvement team who can come to your practice to assist you to identify how you can improve systems of care for people with CVD. To organise, please phone 3864 7540 or email support@bsphn.org.au.

  • You can explore patient CVD risk using the CVD Risk Factors report in Primary Sense. If you need help accessing or interpreting this report, contact us at support@bsphn.org.au.

Further support for your patients

My health for life is a chronic disease prevention initiative with free, qualified Health Coaches available to work with your patients. The program's Health Coaches are qualified, allied health professionals who can help adult Queenslanders make healthier choices and create healthier habits.

More information about My health for life, including eligibility and referral information is available on our website: https://bsphn.org.au/practice-support/prevention-screening-and-immunisation/prevention.