2014 Australian Heart and Stroke Charter
- Time to end complacency on Australia’s biggest killers
With support from nine leading health groups, the Heart Foundation and Stroke Foundation have released the Australian Heart and Stroke Charter, calling for action to end the complacency on Australia’s biggest killer – cardiovascular disease.
Cardiovascular disease is Australia’s biggest killer and most expensive disease in terms of direct health costs – 12% of total healthcare expenditure – or $7.6 billion each year. The condition is also responsible for:
- Nearly 500,000 hospital admissions each year
- 84 million prescriptions at a cost of $3 billion
- 11% of the problems managed by GPs
The Australian Heart and Stroke Charter lists five key areas for action to position Australia as a world leader in cardiovascular health.
The five actions are:
- Prevent heart attack and stroke
- Early detection to identify people at risk
- Faster treatment to save lives
- Improve the quality of health and hospital care and boost cardiovascular research
- Rehabilitation and support: help survivors avoid repeat heart attacks and strokes
Organisations supporting the Charter include:
• National Heart Foundation
• National Stroke Foundation
• Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute
• HeartKids Australia
• The Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand
• Australian Cardiovascular Health & Rehabilitation Association
• The George Institute for Global Health
• Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute
• Heart Support Australia
• Australian & New Zealand Society of Cardiac & Thoracic Surgeons
• Australian Stroke Coalition.
Download the Australian Heart and Stroke Charter.
2013 Hearts and Minds Campaign
- Australia needs a national action plan for heart attack and stroke
The Heart Foundation has joined with the Stroke Foundation to call for a funded national action plan to reduce death and suffering from cardiovascular disease – heart, stroke and blood vessel disease.
Heart Foundation 2013 advocacy check-list - some of the big announcements so far this year...
Cardiac devices register R »$6m Announced in Federal Budget
Front-of-pack labelling R Star rating system endorsed
Food reformulation R $0.8m Announced in May
Renewal of Close the Gap R $777m Announced in May
Tobacco tax R Above CPI indexation announced in
End government investment R Future Fund divestment in tobacco
companies in tobacco industry
‘Positive provision’ for walking R Announced in March in response to
Moving People 2030 report
Walking, cycling white paper Announcement expected July-Aug
Burden of disease study R $5m Announced in May
General practice policy paper
The Heart Foundation calls for the implementation of a national comprehensive approach to cardiovascular disease (CVD) in primary care, with appropriate funding arrangements. This approach should include initiatives to improve the implementation of clinical guidelines and a suite of complementary initiatives to improve early detection, management and care of people with, or at risk of, CVD.
The Heart Foundation called on the Australian Government to take immediate action to end the Future Fund investment in tobacco companies. The Heart Foundtion welcomed the recent announcement that this investment will end.
The Heart Foundation welcomed the recent (14 June 2013) announcement by food regulation ministers that a new star-based front-of-pack labelling system will be adopted. The star system has been developed over the past 18 months by government, industry and health/consumer groups, including the Heart Foundation.
The star system will be voluntary but if within two years it is not wide spread and implemented as agreed, ministers might make it mandatory.