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Navigating the latest updates on CVD prevention (ON-DEMAND: 45mins)

Presentation Description

More than two-thirds of Australian adults are living with at least three CVD risk factors [1]. Data extracted from the MedicineInsight national primary care database suggests that uptake of CVD risk assessment may be suboptimal. Less than 7% of eligible patients had their CVD risk recorded via in-built calculators, and only 17% had all the relevant risk factors recorded to enable absolute risk assessment – blood pressure, cholesterol, HbA1c and smoking status [2]. This case-based session will provide the latest evidence on strategies that support CVD risk assessment and management, including an update on new guidelines and policy changes. 

Learning outcomes 
  1. Describe the evidence that supports absolute CVD risk assessment, and it’s practical application
  2. Apply strategies that support systematic assessment and management of CVD risk at a practice level
  3. Explain the new Heart Health Check MBS item and how it can be leveraged to improve patient outcomes
  4. Describe new and engaging ways to communicate CVD risk and empower patients to participate in shared decision making

  • Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). National Health Survey, 2017-18. Data customised 2018. 
  • Raffoul, N. 2019. CVD risk assessment in Australian primary care. GP19 conference, October 2019, South Australia.