A Win for Heart Health in Australia!

A Win for Heart Health in Australia!

Her Heart welcomes the Australian Government’s recent announcement to deliver Medicare-funded heart health checks to those at risk, and inject funding into cardiovascular research.

Together, Prime Minister Scott Morrison, alongside support from Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and Greens Leader Richard Di Natale, have welcomed Medicare-funded checks to support General Practitioners and patients in assessing cardiovascular risk.

From April 1, Australians at risk will be eligible for a multi-point heart check-up, in which Medicare will provide a rebate of $72.80 for the appointment.

A GP will check blood pressure, cholesterol, lifestyle factors, smoking status and family history, and then provide an estimate to their risk of a heart attack in the near future.

The independent medical experts at the Medical Benefits Schedule Review Taskforce will also conduct a review with the potential for further development of this new Medicare item.

The Medicare rebate and research funding were announced after News Corp Australia and the Heart Foundation launched the #ShowSomeTicker campaign, asking the government to help prevent heart disease in Australia.

We’re glad that this simple heart health check will save so many lives, and be so much more accessible through Medicare.

Her Heart is committed to continue to spread the word about the importance of getting a yearly heart health check, and provide female-specific information for those visits, as well as an overall healthy lifestyle.

Her Heart is also pleased to see an injection of $220 million into research funding. The 10-year Mission for Cardiovascular Health will look at prevention strategies, earlier detection, reduce hospitalisations, new drug therapies, clinical trials and personalised medicine, which uses the unique DNA of a patient to develop new treatments, discover new biomarkers and understand the individual risk of cardiovascular disease.

However, this does not mean that you cannot get your heart health checked now!

Arranging a suitable time with your GP for a check-up, and downloading our Heart Health Checklist here will start the conversation now. If you have the opportunity to visit your GP without the rebate sooner, we recommend you do so. Otherwise, when this Medicare item comes into action in April, we recommend you organise a time to assess your cardiovascular risk.

Now, more than ever, you can now continue the fight against heart disease, and keep our mission in reducing cardiovascular-related deaths by 50% by 2025.

Find the full Press Release from the Department of Health here: http://www.health.gov.au/internet/ministers/publishing.nsf/Content/health-mediarel-yr2019-hunt027.htm