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Central Australian heart protection study (CAHPS)



The Central Australian heart protection study (CAHPS) aims to assess the connection between health care follow-up and health outcomes for people who have suffered an acute cardiac event.

The study will recruit both Indigenous and non-Indigenous participants to test the effectiveness of a nurse-led, family based education and assessment program for reducing the incidence of poor health outcomes, following an admission to Alice Springs hospital for an acute cardiac event.

Participants will be assessed over a two year period following admission and will be provided with:

It is hoped that participants in the study will experience a reduced incidence of major coronary events and improved long term health outcomes.

Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes Institute is the lead organisation on the project, and Professor Alex Brown from the South Australian Health & Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) is the lead investigator on the project.

Abstract adapted from Baker IDI


Professor Alex Brown
Leader - Aborignal Research Unit
South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute
Level 9, 121 King William Street
PO Box 11060
Adelaide SA 5001
Ph: (08) 8116 4427

Baker IDI Central Australia
W & E Rubuntja Research & Medical Education Building
Alice Springs Hospital
Gap Road
Alice Springs NT 0870
PO Box 1294
Alice Springs NT 0871
Ph: (08) 8959 01111
Fax: (08) 8952 1557

Related publications

Tuttle CSL, Carrington MJ, Stewart S, Brown A (2015)

Overcoming the tyranny of distance: an analysis of outreach visits to optimise secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease in high-risk individuals living in Central Australia.

Australian Journal of Rural Health; Early view(


Last updated: 27 April 2016
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