Rapid Access Atrial Fibrillation Clinics Project
To improve the rates of patients who receive evidence-based care for atrial fibrillation and are prescribed appropriate anticoagulation.
Atrial fibrillation (irregular and often rapid heart rate) is the leading cause of stroke and a frequent cause of hospital admission for Victorians. With appropriate prescription of blood thinning medication (anticoagulants) the incidence of stroke can be dramatically reduced.
In this state-funded project, we have partnered with six regional Victorian health services to establish six new rapid access atrial fibrillation clinics. Regional Victorians who present to participating health services (or their partner sites) with atrial fibrillation can be referred to a rapid access atrial fibrillation clinic.
With better access to specialist clinics in regional Victoria, we’re expecting that atrial fibrillation management and prescription of oral anticoagulants will improve, reducing atrial fibrillation burden and preventing avoidable strokes.
Participating health services will offer the weekly rapid access atrial fibrillation clinic through face to face and telehealth consultations.