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A program of research to improve ACCESS to cardiovascular care

Professor Robyn Clark, Institution: Flinders University

2015 Future Leader Fellowship

Years funded: 2016-2020


Access is a major concern in healthcare policy, it is also one of the most frequently used words in discussions of the healthcare system. Access is now a very important concept in health services research. Access is core to the fundamentals of global health and the World Health Organisation has made improving inequities in access to healthcare and improving health literacy high priorities in its 21st century reforms. 

This program of research aims to improve access to cardiovascular care through five important projects
  1. Development and validation of an index of accessibility to cardiac and stroke services
  2. Evaluating the use of telehealth for the delivery of heart failure and cardiac rehabilitation
  3. Improving the recognition and response to chest pain by culturally and linguistically diverse populations
  4. Designing clinical pathways for access to heart health for patients with cardiotoxicity after cancer treatment
  5. Addressing health literacy through Avatar-based heart failure and chest pain education. 
The expected outcomes of this program will be immediate and long-term improvements in access to cardiovascular care and education for many disadvantaged groups in Australia. This program will have a major focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the elderly, culturally diverse groups, those with low literacy and rural and remote communities.

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