Do you take your heart tablets everyday as directed by the doctor?
If you don’t, you are not alone.
Research has shown that patients don’t take their heart medicines properly and this has become a significant burden on the health care budget.
Heather Volk, pharmacist with NACCHO joins a panel with Dr Rob Grenfell, Dr Christine Connors and Ms Megan MacDonald, chaired by Dr Norman Swan to discuss some of the reasons for non-adherence to cardiovascular medicines.
Join the Rural Health Education Foundation live interactive panel discussion.
Details of the live broadcast are below.
Non-adherence to cardiovascular medicines has become a large burden on the healthcare system budget; 30% of all prescriptions dispensed in community pharmacies are for CVD, and 20% are for hypertension.
Adherence to cardiovascular medicines ranges from 11% to 83%, depending on the condition being treated and medicine type
This program examines the underlying issues as to why patients struggle to adhere to medications and lifestyle changes.
Hear the latest evidence on strategies that have been proven to help and learn what you can do to improve your patients’ adherence and achieve better health outcomes for them.
Live Interactive Panel Discussion
Chair: Dr Norman Swan
Dr Rob Grenfell – Rural GP and Clinical Director Heart Foundation
Dr Christine Connors – Chronic Conditions Unit, NT Health
Ms Heather Volk – QUMAX Program Manager,NACCHO
Ms Megan MacDonald – Registered Nurse, SA
Accredited with ACRRM, RACGP & RCNA.
CPD points also available from other professional organisations.
This program is funded by MSD Australia
Rural Health Channel
Tuesday 16th October, 2012
Watch live: Channel 600 on VAST
8:00pm NSW, ACT, VIC & TAS
Thursday 18th October 2pm (AEDT)