National Strategic Action Plan for Heart Disease and Stroke
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Currently more than four million Australians are living with cardiovascular disease (including heart disease and stroke) and each year nearly 44,000 Australians will die from cardiovascular disease.
The goal of the National Strategic Action Plan for Heart Disease and Stroke is: “That all Australians live healthier lives through effective prevention, treatment and management of heart disease and stroke”.
The four Priority Areas linking to the Action Plan’s objectives are:
1. Prevention and Early Detection
Focus on primary and secondary prevention and early detection of heart disease and stroke for a healthier Australia.
2. Diagnosis and Treatment
Provide efficient, effective, and appropriate access to diagnosis and treatment for heart disease and stroke for all Australians.
3. Support and Care
Provide access to support mechanisms for patients, carers and health professionals to provide and receive the best support and care for heart disease and stroke.
Ensure a well-funded, collaborative approach to heart (disease) and stroke research and its translation into practice.
The Action Plan takes a systems approach – considering the specific and general actions needed to prevent, or improve outcomes for, heart disease and stroke within the context of cardiovascular disease prevention and management. Actions and interventions highlighted in the Action Plan will help to prevent and better manage not only heart disease and stroke but also broader cardiovascular conditions and their associated risk factors.