Our researchers are committed to generating significant evidence and knowledge within clinical practice to drive real impact for the prevention, diagnosis, and evidence-based care of people with CVD.
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the number one cause of death globally, taking an estimated 17.9 million lives each year. CVD is also a health priority for the World Health Organisation. In Australia heart disease kills one person every 18 minutes, equating to on average of 79 persons dying of heart disease every day. This accounts for nearly one in five (17.1%) of all deaths, with more males dying of heart disease than females each year. Besides mortality, CVD accounts for high prevalence of hospitalisation, which is a major cost driver of CVD treatment, leading to a high burden for the health care system.
Our researchers are committed to generating significant evidence and knowledge within clinical practice to drive real impact for the prevention, diagnosis, and evidenced base care of people with cardiovascular disease (CVD). We have a special focus on improving access and care for rural patients, cardiac rehabilitation, atrial fibrillation and associated conditions by means of novel models of care delivery (e.g. integrated care) and the use of digital health.
There is a greater focus to develop self-management tools to ensure quality of life and to prevent future episodes of ill-health or hospital admissions. Our research aims to support people to undertake self-care and active involvement in self-monitoring their heart health, putting the care in the patients’ hands to improve self-awareness, self-efficacy, and independence.