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Cardiac rehab is an evidence-based intervention shown to reduce mortality by 26 per cent and hospital admissions by 18 per cent in those recovering from a cardiac event. Despite these benefits, Australian data reveals only a third of eligible patients are referred to a cardiac rehab program, of which only 28 per cent of patients attend. 

In Victoria, we know there are gaps in accessing secondary prevention support for individuals recently discharged from hospital following a cardiac event for those that live in regional and rural Victoria, have carer responsibilities, and need to return to work early in their recovery period. There is an overwhelming need for these gaps to be acknowledged and for new modes of cardiac rehab, such as digital cardiac rehab, to be explored and tested to lessen these gaps.

Please join us as our expert panel discuss the barriers to referral and participation in cardiac rehab and hear how Safer Care Victoria’s digital cardiac rehab pilot project is trying to address these gaps in five regional Victorian health services.

  • Roschelle Brown, Critical Care Registered Nurse, Cardiac Rehabilitation Coordinator, Barwon Health and Bellarine Community Health
  • Dr Susie Cartledge, Heart Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, Senior Research Fellow, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University
  • Dr Joshua Collingwood, Rehabilitation Medicine Physician 

For further information, please contact Alice Wandke:

Page last updated: 25 Nov 2022