Call for SA government to invest in heart health research
heartfoundation.org.au|Helpline 13 11 12

Call for SA government to invest in heart health research

Media Release 06 April 2021

The Heart Foundation is calling on the state government to take action and invest in the heart health of South Australians this budget.

In its pre-budget submission, the Heart Foundation has urged the government to invest in critical heart disease research funding.  

Heart Foundation, CEO SA Imelda Lynch, said increasing funding for research would go a long way to preventing, diagnosing and treating heart disease.   

“The Heart Foundation is Australia’s largest non-government funder of cardiovascular research, having invested more than $670 million into Australian research over 60 years. In South Australia alone, the Heart Foundation has invested almost $14 million over the past seven years. 

With a greater commitment to research we will be able to better understand coronary heart disease, which kills on average, four people in South Australia each day, Ms Lynch said

The recent SA Productivity Commission Inquiry into Health and Medical Research in South Australia1 notes that the state’s ability to attract investment into health and medical research has been diminishing.

“One of the key recommendations from the inquiry is to encourage and support health professionals to have research careers, to increase the size of the research workforce and to improve the quantity and quality of the research efforts in SA.

“The Heart Foundation intends to boost research funding in South Australia by providing a $3.5 million fund for cardiovascular research and we call on the SA Government to match this to bring the total up to $7 million,” Ms Lynch said. 

“The impact of this fund will not only improve our knowledge, leading to better care and treatments, but potentially has economic returns of up to $10 for every dollar spent.

“We could support at least 17 research careers with this funding, ensuring we keep our talent in South Australia.” 

Heart Foundation research fellow Professor Robyn Clark is just one of the South Australian researchers who have benefited from the Heart Foundations grants program. 

Professor Clark’s research focuses on improving access to evidence-based care for disadvantaged people.  

“The support and funding I have received from the Heart Foundation has enabled me to build my research team,” Professor Clark said.

“Without such funding I might have needed to move back interstate where the funding opportunities are greater.”

The Heart Foundation is also asking the SA Government to consider more funding for tobacco-control mass marketing, investment in school food policy and increasing cardiac rehabilitation services to include phone and/or telehealth options. 

  https://www.sapc.sa.gov.au/inquiries/inquiries/health-and-medical-research/documents/Health-and-Medical-Research-Inquiry-Final-Report.pdf

Aboriginal heart health

Aboriginal heart health

Aboriginal heart health

Visit the St Vincents Hospital NSW and Heart Foundation Aboriginal heart health website for more information...

Heart Week

Heart Week

Heart Week

Support for young adults: Online events

Support for young adults: Online events

Support for young adults: Online events

A series of virtual events for young adults on managing emotional wellbeing. ...

Fundraise to save Australian hearts

Fundraise to save Australian hearts

Fundraise to save Australian hearts

Join our community of fundraisers who are committed to taking action to fight heart disease....

Trek for Australian Hearts

Trek for Australian Hearts

Trek for Australian Hearts

Join the Heart Foundation in South Australia for the journey of a lifetime, trekking the ancient Flinders Ranges to help save Australian hearts....

Support us and help save Australian hearts

Support us and help save Australian hearts

Support us and help save Australian hearts

Join the fight against Australia’s biggest killer by supporting the Heart Foundation.  ...

Personal Walking Plan

Personal Walking Plan

Personal Walking Plan

Feel healthier and happier in six weeks with a free Personal Walking Plan...

Are you at risk of heart disease?

Are you at risk of heart disease?

Are you at risk of heart disease?

There is no single cause for any one heart condition, but there are risk factors that increase your chance of developing one. ...

Heart Health Check Toolkit

Heart Health Check Toolkit

Heart Foundation Recovery Support and Resources

Heart Foundation Recovery Support and Resources

Heart Foundation Recovery Support and Resources

Heart Foundation programs and resources to support your recovery....

Key Statistics: Risk Factors For Cardiovascular Disease

Key Statistics: Risk Factors For Cardiovascular Disease

Key Statistics: Coronary Heart Disease

Key Statistics: Coronary Heart Disease

Statistics and information on coronary heart disease in Australia ...

5 warning signs of a heart attack that you may not know

5 warning signs of a heart attack that you may not know

5 warning signs of a heart attack that you may not know

Seafood recipes

Seafood recipes

Seafood recipes

Find heart healthy seafood recipes...

Key Statistics: Heart attack

Key Statistics: Heart attack

Statistics and information on heart attack in Australia...

Heart Foundation supports Wollongong City Council’s draft 10-year cycling strategy

Heart Foundation supports Wollongong City Council’s draft 10-year cycling strategy

Heart Foundation supports Wollongong City Council’s draft 10-year cycling strategy

Media Release - 30 June 2020 ...

WEBINAR | Research Alumni Series 2020

WEBINAR | Research Alumni Series 2020

WEBINAR | Research Alumni Series 2020

The Heart Foundation is delivering a research webinar series for Heart Foundation research alumni....

Physical activity resources for patients and consumers

Physical activity resources for patients and consumers

Physical activity information for professionals...

MyMarathon

MyMarathon

MyMarathon

The fundraising race where you set the pace. Run, jog or walk MyMarathon at your own pace during October....

What is heart valve disease?

What is heart valve disease?

What is heart valve disease?

Heart valve disease means that your heart valve or valves don't open or close properly....

WEBINAR | Heart Health Checks: the critical role of the practice nurse

WEBINAR | Heart Health Checks: the critical role of the practice nurse

WEBINAR | Heart Health Checks: the critical role of the practice nurse

This webinar discusses the role of practice nurses in conducting heart health checks...

Join Kate in making a difference to future generations

Join Kate in making a difference to future generations

Join Kate in making a difference to future generations

Kate wanted to find a way she could make a difference to future generations...

Jump Rope for Heart

Jump Rope for Heart

Jump Rope for Heart

Jump Rope for Heart teaches school children how to keep fit and healthy through skipping!...

Medical tests for heart disease

Medical tests for heart disease

Medical tests for heart disease

Learn about the common tests your doctor may want you to have to diagnose your heart condition....

My health for life program

My health for life program

My health for life program

The Heart Foundation is a proud supporter of the Queensland My health for life program...

Key Statistics: Heart Failure

Key Statistics: Heart Failure

Statistics and information on heart failure in Australia ...

Leaving a gift in your Will: A lasting legacy

Leaving a gift in your Will: A lasting legacy

Leaving a gift in your Will: A lasting legacy

One of the most powerful ways to help support a future without heart disease is to include a gift to the Heart Foundation in your Will...

Heart conditions in women

Heart conditions in women

Heart conditions in women

Like men, women can be diagnosed with a range of heart conditions....

Returning to work after a heart attack

Returning to work after a heart attack

Returning to work after a heart attack

Discover how to plan for your return to work....

Our corporate partners

Our corporate partners

Our corporate partners

We value the support of all of our corporate partners....