Health program closes gap

Green light: NSW Minister for Health Brad Hazzard with Liverpool Hospital patient Toufic Khoury.
Green light: NSW Minister for Health Brad Hazzard with Liverpool Hospital patient Toufic Khoury.

A program aimed at improving the treatment of coronary heart disease among Indigenous Australians, has been given almost $8 million in funding to initiate its next stage.

During a recent visit to Liverpool Hospital, Minister for Aged Care and Indigenous Health Ken Wyatt announced that Phase three of the Lighthouse project, a joint initiative between the Heart Foundation and the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association has been awarded the extra funding.

Heart Foundation National chief executive John Kelly said the funding would enable the program to take the critical next step in its mission.

One of the priorities for the Heart Foundation is closing the gap in cardiovascular disease between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples experience cardiovascular disease earlier than non-Indigenous Australians, it progresses faster and is associated with greater co-morbidities,” he said.

Phase three will focus on improving the integration of health services and care coordination.