Secondary Prevention of Coronary Heart Disease
In 2011 a National Secondary Prevention of Coronary Disease (CHD) Summit was hosted by The George Institute. The Summit was attended by 40 representatives from relevant stakeholder groups including government and non-government agencies, consumers and health professionals.
The aim was to appraise the essential components of an effective CHD secondary prevention program, performance measures, the barriers and enabler to implementation. Six interdependent recommendations emerged that highlighted the connection between tertiary, secondary and primary care as an area of paramount concern.
The recommendations from the Summit have been endorsed through the Medical Journal of Australia (MJA), Secondary prevention of coronary heart disease in Australia: a blueprint for reform.
One of the recommendations was to establish a national secondary prevention task force to implement the recommendations. This Taskforce is now in place with the aim to move forward with improving secondary prevention awareness, treatments and services for all Australia.