Find out more about Quality Improvement in Primary Care


4th July 2018

Cardiovascular disease is one of the largest causes of death in Australia. Did you know around 120 Australians die each day from cardiovascular disease? Making it one every 12 minutes.

Mortality isn't the only consequence. Cardiovascular disease can also cause disability, decreasing an individual’s quality of life. 

As health professionals, we can work together to decrease these numbers. Risk factors include: hypertension, hyperlipidaemia, high BMIs, high fasting plasma glucose, tobacco, unhealthy diets and physical inactivity. 

These risk factors are all things we can keep track of and control. It is often up to health professionals to ensure patients understand their health conditions so that they can make educated decisions. 

With all the responsibilities that a general practitioner, nurse and clinic staff have, it can be overwhelming to find where to start. SWSPHNs Quality Improvement in Primary Care (QIPC) program is here to help. 

QIPC supports practices to identify patients with specific chronic conditions, enabling better care and patient outcomes. 

Participating practices receive Cardiovascular disease reports that break down your practice data to help identify patients who are at high risk of having a cardiovascular episode.  

Prevention is key and when we are able to identify patients who have these risks, we can work together with them in developing personalised goals that will assist in decreasing their risk. 

If you would like to find out more about the program, please contact your SWSPHN Practice Support Officer or email the program coordinator Alessandro.Luongo@swsphn.com.au.

References:
1 https://www.heartfoundation.org.au/about-us/what-we-do/heart-disease-in-australia/cardiovascular-disease-fact-sheet
2 https://www.heartfoundation.org.au/about-us/what-we-do/heart-disease-in-australia
3 https://www.baker.edu.au/health-hub/fact-sheets/cardiovascular-disease
4 https://www.heartfoundation.org.au/about-us/what-we-do/heart-disease-in-australia/burden-of-disease-fact-sheet

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