Show me:
Show me:
heartfoundation.org.au|Helpline 13 11 12

Cardiac rehabilitation resources for healthcare providers

Useful cardiac rehabilitation resources for health professionals.

Key takeaways

  • Australian healthcare professionals play a critical role in patient participation in cardiac rehabilitation through advocating for and referring patients to local services.
  • The Heart Foundation has designed an infographic to help healthcare professionals advocate to managers, administrators, stakeholders and patients the benefits, emphasise potential cost savings and improved patient outcomes from cardiac rehabilitation. 
  • Many patients feel empowered to tell their stories and help others. The Heart Foundation has a series of videos to help healthcare professionals advocate the benefits of cardiac rehabilitation to patients to increase participation in these services. 
  • The collection of data on quality indicators contributes to regular monitoring and reporting of the quality and delivery of cardiac rehabilitation across Australia.

The Heart Foundation strongly recommends that all Australians who experience a heart event are referred to and attend a cardiac rehabilitation program. Cardiac rehabilitation supports long-term lifestyle changes, improving patients’ quality of life and reducing hospital re-admissions.

Yet Australian rates of cardiac rehabilitation uptake are low: a recent study of 49,000 patients showed that only 30% of patients were referred to cardiac rehabilitation and of these only 28% attended¹. Healthcare professionals often play a critical role in patient participation in cardiac rehabilitation through advocating for and referring patients to local services.

Australian healthcare professionals also contribute to the continuous optimization of our healthcare systems by sharing the evidence-base of the benefits of cardiac rehabilitation and promoting good practice in service delivery. This is vital to further develop and explore different models of cardiac rehabilitation.

References
¹ Astley CM, Chew DP, Keech W, Nicholls S, Beltrame J, Horsfall M, Tavella R, Tirimacco R, Clark RA. The Impact of Cardiac Rehabilitation and Secondary Prevention Programs on 12-Month Clinical Outcomes: A Linked Data Analysis. Heart Lung Circ. 2020 Mar;29(3):475-482. doi: 10.1016/j.hlc.2019.03.015. Epub 2019 Apr 12. PMID: 31072769.
 

To deliver a cardiac rehabilitation service with effective patient outcomes, health professionals must ensure they use evidence-based content and measure the impact of interventions.

Evidence based program outline resource for cardiac rehabilitation

The resource, A Pathway to Cardiac Recovery: Standardised program content for Phase 11 Cardiac Rehabilitation will guide cardiac rehabilitation service providers on the content to deliver face to face, via telehealth or mobile technology to achieve a high – quality, evidence-based program.
View the Pathway to Phase II Cardiac Recovery, or download it here. 

Be an advocate for increasing patient referral by using the cardiac rehabilitation infographic

Ensure all eligible patients are being referred to cardiac rehabilitation or heart failure services.

The Heart Foundation and the Australian Cardiovascular Health and Rehabilitation Association have developed an infographic to advocate for and increase awareness of the importance of cardiac rehabilitation and its benefits to managers, administrators, stakeholders and patients.
View the cardiac rehabilitation infographic. Or to find out more, download the Advocacy and Communications Toolkit for Health Professionals for Health Professionals. 


Cardiac rehabilitation videos

An effective advocacy strategy is to communicate personal patient stories. The Heart Foundation has created videos of cardiologists and patients sharing their opinions and experiences of cardiac rehabilitation. You can view these here:
-

Cardiac rehabilitation quality indicators

The service level data collection of quality indicators contributes to regular monitoring and reporting of the quality and delivery of cardiac rehabilitation across Australia. The 10 quality indicators for cardiac rehabilitation support healthcare providers to:

  • Identify barriers and enablers to increase referral
  • Improve delivery processes
  • Improve patient outcomes and
  • Inform best practice and alternative models of care

To find out what data your program should be collecting, see the National Cardiac Rehabilitation Quality Indicators data dictionary and data collection spreadsheet.

DOWNLOAD DATA DICTIONARY

DOWNLOAD DATA COLLECTION SPREADSHEET


To find out about the National Cardiac Rehabilitation Quality Indicator development process read Cardiac Rehabilitation Quality in Australia: Proposed National Indicators for Field Testing, or download it here.

Heart Failure and Support Service Fact Sheet

Heart Failure patients benefit from cardiac rehabilitation and chronic disease management programs. Use this heart failure fact sheet to promote these programs to your heart failure clients.

To find out more, see the Heart Failure fact sheet, or download it here.

Position Statement on telehealth and cardiac rehabilitation

Participating in a cardiac rehabilitation program is a critical step in a person’s recovery from their heart attack or heart event. The Heart Foundation and the Australian Cardiovascular Health and Rehabilitation Association have developed a position statement about the ongoing role of telehealth in cardiac rehabilitation service delivery.

To find out more, see the Position Statement on telehealth and cardiac rehabilitation, or download it here

 

You might also be interested in

Cardiac arrest at 26: adjusting to a new ‘normal’

Cardiac arrest at 26: adjusting to a new ‘normal’

Cardiac arrest at 26: adjusting to a new ‘normal’

Action Plans

Action Plans

Action Plans

Recovery is a long journey, so having a plan makes a huge difference. Using an action plan gives you a step-by-step guide to improving your lifestyle....

Alcohol action plan

Alcohol action plan

For Professionals: COVID-19 & cardiovascular disease

For Professionals: COVID-19 & cardiovascular disease

For Professionals: COVID-19 & cardiovascular disease

Information and resources for health care professionals....

Acute coronary syndromes (ACS) clinical resources

Acute coronary syndromes (ACS) clinical resources

Resources and clinical information for health professionals...

What is cardiac rehab?

What is cardiac rehab?

What is cardiac rehab?

Cardiac rehab is proven to keep you out of hospital and reduce your risk of death from heart conditions....

From diagnosis at 37 to heart surgery, rehab and now

From diagnosis at 37 to heart surgery, rehab and now

From diagnosis at 37 to heart surgery, rehab and now

Claude Lam, Open heart surgery survivor...

Acute Coronary Syndromes tools from the guidelines

Acute Coronary Syndromes tools from the guidelines

Assessment protocols and algorithm for health care professionals...

Blood pressure action plan

Blood pressure action plan

Key steps that can help you manage your blood pressure....

WEBINAR | CVD & COVID-19

WEBINAR | CVD & COVID-19

WEBINAR | CVD & COVID-19

Ask the experts: caring for people with CVD during COVID-19...

Together, we can change the future of heart disease

Together, we can change the future of heart disease

Together, we can change the future of heart disease

The power of your ongoing support can help save lives and keep more families together. Help us continue to fund promising heart research projects by donating today. ...

Time to book a Heart Health Check?

Time to book a Heart Health Check?

Time to book a Heart Health Check?

If you're 45 and over, or 30 and over if you're of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, you should book your Heart Health Check today...

Health Professional Tools

Health Professional Tools

Health Professional Tools

Guidelines, publications and support for the health professional community....

Heart Health Check Toolkit

Heart Health Check Toolkit

Permanent Pacemaker (PPM)

Permanent Pacemaker (PPM)

A small, battery-powered device that is fitted under the skin of your upper chest....

What is an arrhythmia?

What is an arrhythmia?

What is an arrhythmia?

Arrhythmia is a fault in the heart’s electrical system, which affects your heart’s pumping rhythm....

Heart medicines – Frequently asked questions

Heart medicines – Frequently asked questions

Heart medicines – Frequently asked questions

Find answers below to frequently asked questions about heart medicines. ...

Q&A with Dr Louise Segan

Q&A with Dr Louise Segan

Q&A with Dr Louise Segan

Optimal treatment of atrial fibrillation in people with cardiac dysfunction and scarring of the heart ...

Acute coronary syndromes (ACS) clinical resources

Acute coronary syndromes (ACS) clinical resources

Resources and clinical information for health professionals...

Smoking and your heart

Smoking and your heart

Smoking and your heart

Understand how smoking can impact your heart health. ...

Understanding how kidney failure leads to heart disease

Understanding how kidney failure leads to heart disease

Associate Professor Natasha Rogers, Institution: University of Sydney...

Heart disease and pregnancy

Heart disease and pregnancy

Heart disease and pregnancy

Pregnancy is often referred to as the “ultimate stress test” for the body....

45 & Up Study

45 & Up Study

The 45 and Up Study is one of the largest ongoing cohort studies of healthy ageing in the world and the largest in Australia. ...

Kids recipes

Kids recipes

Kids recipes

Find heart healthy kids recipes...

Q&A with Dr Caleb Ferguson

Q&A with Dr Caleb Ferguson

Q&A with Dr Caleb Ferguson

An education program to promote self-care for people living with atrial fibrillation (INFORM-AF)...

What is atrial fibrillation?

What is atrial fibrillation?

What is atrial fibrillation?

Atrial fibrillation is a type of arrhythmia where your heart beats irregularly and fast....

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....

Absolute CVD risk calculator

Absolute CVD risk calculator

The Absolute CVD risk calculator estimates the likelihood of having a heart attack or stroke in the next five years....

Thai chicken lettuce cups

Thai chicken lettuce cups

Thai chicken lettuce cups

10 minutes
Serves 4

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....

Chicken caprese pizza

Chicken caprese pizza

Chicken caprese pizza

20 minutes
Serves 2 (1 pizza per serve)

Research shows if you have gum disease, you’re twice as likely to have heart disease.

Research shows if you have gum disease, you’re twice as likely to have heart disease.

Research shows if you have gum disease, you’re twice as likely to have heart disease.

Italian veggie fritters with tomato salad

Italian veggie fritters with tomato salad

Italian veggie fritters with tomato salad

20 minutes
Serves 4 (as a main meal)

Sit less, move more

Sit less, move more

Sit less, move more

You may be surprised to know that on average, adults sit for nine hours a day....

Atrial fibrillation resources for patients

Atrial fibrillation resources for patients

CVD and Vaccination Grant

CVD and Vaccination Grant

Enhancing influenza vaccination rates for people living with CVD or at high risk of developing CVD. ...

Christmas recipes

Christmas recipes

Christmas recipes

Find heart healthy festive recipes. ...

What is cardiac rehab?

What is cardiac rehab?

What is cardiac rehab?

Cardiac rehab is proven to keep you out of hospital and reduce your risk of death from heart conditions....

Italian recipes

Italian recipes

Italian recipes

Find heart healthy Italian recipes....

WEBINAR | CVD & COVID-19

WEBINAR | CVD & COVID-19

WEBINAR | CVD & COVID-19

Ask the experts: caring for people with CVD during COVID-19...