A free eight-week heart health program designed to work with patients after a cardiac event has been launched across Australia. The Healthy Heart Program, developed by Heart Support Australia, is based on best practice service delivery guidelines, current knowledge and peer support.
The Healthy Heart Program consists of eight ninety minute education sessions that are conducted by a fully trained and supported peer mentor. The Program covers basic anatomy and physiology of the cardiac system and education about the major modifiable risk factors for cardiac disease including: mental health, depression and anxiety; physical activity; smoking; and weight management and diet.
Peer mentors receive ongoing support from a cardiac nurse and the all resources required to lead participants successfully through the eight week program.
The Program has been endorsed by the National College of Nursing and aligns with the National Safety and Quality Health Service standards of service delivery.
Heart Support Australia is a national body providing support, services and information for people who have experienced a cardiac event. It has a network of branches and interest groups across Australia delivering information, education and support to individuals and their carers.