Clinical engagement toolkit: Improving cardiac rehabilitation and heart failure services
A health professionals toolkit and factsheets have now been developed to support health professionals in advocating for improved cardiac rehabilitation and heart failure services. For more information click here.
A systematic approach to chronic heart failure care: a consensus statement
The Heart Foundation is calling on both sides of government to commit to urgent action on chronic heart failure with the release of the consensus statement A systematic approach to chronic heart failure care. An estimated 30,000 Australians are diagnosed with the debilitating condition every year and recurrent hospitalisations cost the national economy more than $1 billion each year.
Despite significant advances in the management of the condition, prevalence remains high, outcomes are poor and financial and emotional costs are high. Indicators suggest case detection and diagnosis is poor, care is inconsistent and disconnected, and hospital admissions are frequent.
The Heart Foundation has identified core principles and action-based recommendations required to drive a systematic approach to heart failure care in Australia. This approach should be underpinned by implementation of a chronic heart failure care model, access to meaningful data, workforce planning and research. Within each theme, principles have been identified that strengthen all systems-based policy strategies to facilitate optimal chronic heart failure care. There is opportunity for significant positive change with limited investment.
View the action-based recommendations.
Heart Education Assessment and Rehabilitation Toolkit (HEART) Online
Do you find it difficult finding up-to-date information for heart failure management and cardiac disease prevention and rehabilitation?
Heart Education Assessment and Rehabilitation Toolkit (HEART) Online is a national website that has been developed by clinicians for clinicians. It links health professionals to education and rehabilitation tools, such as evidence-based guidelines, templates, protocols, calculators, patient resources and videos to support best practice.
Queensland Health has worked with lead authors and the Heart Foundation to develop this website which will be maintained and managed by the Heart Foundation.
View the HEART Online website.
Updated chronic heart failure guidelines and quick reference guide now available
The Heart Foundation and the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand have released Guidelines for the prevention, detection and management of chronic heart failure in Australia. Updated October 2011 and Quick reference guide. Diagnosis and management of chronic heart failure. Updated October 2011.
These updated documents replace the 2006 chronic heart failure guidelines and quick reference guide. They reflect new evidence that has emerged since 2008, including:
- use of B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP), including plasma-BNP or N-terminal pro-BNP measurement in guiding treatment of chronic heart failure
- physical activity and rehabilitation
- use of polyunsaturated fatty acids in treatment of systolic heart failure
- use of devices, such as biventricular pacing and left ventricular assist devices
- treatment of cardiac arrhythmias in patients with chronic heart failure
- multidisciplinary care and post-discharge management programs
Only the quick reference guide is available in hard copy. You can access a pdf of the guidelines and quick reference guide below.
Quick reference guide. Diagnosis and management of chronic heart failure. Updated October 2011
Guidelines for the prevention, detection and management of chronic heart failure in Australia. Updated October 2011
View the Medical Journal of Australia 2011 update
(clicking this link will take you to the "Medical Journal of Australia" website).
Multidisciplinary care for people with chronic heart failure
The Heart Foundation's paper
Multidisciplinary care for people with chronic heart failure provides principles and recommendations to help health professionals and policy makers establish and maintain best-practice chronic heart failure management programs in Australia. It also aims to improve clinical outcomes and quality of life for people with chronic heart failure.
Self care for people with chronic heart failure
People with chronic heart failure who can effectively manage their symptoms through lifestyle changes and medicines will have fewer hospitalisations and other adverse events.
To find out how patient education resources can support self care, see the article
Tailoring consumer resources to enhance self-care in chronic heart failure(Reproduced with kind permission from Australian Critical Care (Aust Crit Care 2009; 22(3): 133-140).)
Living well with chronic heart failure booklet
Living well with chronic heart failure is designed to help people with chronic heart failure better understand and manage their condition. It also helps health professionals discuss symptom management, lifestyle changes, medicines, other treatments and related issues with their patients.
To order a printed copy, please call our Health Information Service 1300 36 27 87
or email us.
Living well with chronic heart failure information sheet now available in other languages
Our information sheet for people with chronic heart failure and their carers is now available in 16 languages other than English. It:
- includes information on how to minimise the symptoms of chronic heart failure
- has an 'action plan' outlining the important things to do every day and when to call a health professional or an ambulance.
Download the version you need below.
Get your patients to download our free My heart, my life mobile app, to help them record and manage their medicines and health stats.