Central Australian Heart Protection Study

The Central Australian Heart Protection Study (CAHPS) tests the effectiveness of a nurse-led, family based education and assessment program for reducing the incidence of poor outcomes following a hospital admission for an acute cardiac event.

Lead Organisation:

Baker IDI Central Australia

Wardliparingga Role: 

Professor Alex Brown is the lead investigator. Wardliparingga is also undertaking a health economic analysis of the CAHPS project.

Project Overview:

The Central Australian Heart Protection Study involves recruitment of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal participants who have been admitted to Alice Springs Hospital with a diagnosis of acute coronary syndrome in order to follow their progress for two years. Participants in the study are being randomly allocated to usual care and the study group (to receive the nurse-led model of care). As part of the family-based approach, the members of the study group are able to elect a family member or buddy to join them in the study.

The CAHPS study is expected to reduce major coronary events in the study group, and to engage families in care, while improving community outreach, continuity and journeys through the healthcare system.



Funding Source:

National Health and Medical Research Council Project Grant

Further Information:

For further information, contact Katharine McBride

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