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Snapshot

HEART
HEALTH
IN REMOTE AND RURAL COMMUNITIES

Startling facts regarding


CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH

ONE PERSON DIES EVERY 4.2 MILLION AUSTRALIAN ADULTS

12
MINUTES
FROM CARDIOVASCULAR
DISEASE (CVD) IN AUSTRALIA.
22%
HAD CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE
IN 2014-15.

Between July 2013 and December 2016 PEOPLE IN REMOTE & VERY REMOTE

1.6x
THE RFDS CONDUCTED 95,723 AREAS ARE
AEROMEDICAL TRANSPORTS,

21.3%
OF THESE WERE FOR CVD,
MORE LIKELY TO
BE HOSPITALISED
FOR CORONARY
HEART DISEASE
the most common reason for a transport. than people in major cities.

MANY FACTORS CVD is largely preventable.


CONTRIBUTE TO A Increased investment in, and
PERSON’S CVD RISK. access to, culturally appropriate
These include: prevention and treatment
Smoking, high blood pressure,
obesity, physical inactivity, poor diet,
services will save lives.
Data from multiple sources
high cholesterol & triglyceride levels,
harmful alcohol consumption,
& socioeconomic factors.

CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH
IN REMOTE AND RURAL
COMMUNITIES

> READ OUR LATEST RESEARCH REPORT Lara Bishop, Andy Ransom, Martin Laverty

www.flyingdoctor.org.au/research Research Report | March 2018


Snapshot
HEART
HEALTH
IN REMOTE AND RURAL COMMUNITIES

Startling facts regarding


CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH

AN AVERAGE OF 112 IN 2015-16


PATIENTS PER WEEK OR

16
PATIENTS
PER DAY
ARE
556,638
AUSTRALIANS WERE
TRANSPORTED BY THE RFDS FOR HOSPITALISED
CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE (CVD). FOR CVD.

A SA program established for remote and rural primary PEOPLE IN REMOTE & VERY REMOTE
care services to manage heart attacks, demonstrated a
AREAS ARE

22% 1.3x
IMPROVEMENT
IN 30 DAY
SURVIVAL RATES
MORE LIKELY TO DIE
FOR REMOTE AND RURAL PATIENTS, FROM CORONARY
closing the mortality disparity previously existing
between city and country hospitals.
HEART DISEASE
than people in major cities.

INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIANS ARE CVD is largely preventable.

1.7x
Increased investment in, and
access to, culturally appropriate
prevention and treatment
MORE LIKELY TO services will save lives.
DIE FROM FROM CHD Data from multiple sources

THAN NON-INDIGENOUS
AUSTRALIANS.

CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH
IN REMOTE AND RURAL
COMMUNITIES

> READ OUR LATEST RESEARCH REPORT Lara Bishop, Andy Ransom, Martin Laverty

www.flyingdoctor.org.au/research Research Report | March 2018