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HeartKids

National Action Plan

After the announcement of the National Strategic Action Plan for Childhood Heart Disease (the Action Plan) by Minister Greg Hunt in February 2019, funding from the Commonwealth Department of Health for several key focus areas from the Action Plan was awarded to HeartKids Ltd, with work beginning in April 2020.

This is the outcome of several years of advocacy by HeartKids and discussions between government, health professionals involved in CHD care, patients and their families, all with a vision to reduce the impact of childhood heart disease in Australia and achieve the goal that people with CHD live longer, healthier and more productive lives.

The Action Plan presents a comprehensive overview of the Australian CHD landscape, identifying needs, emerging challenges, opportunities for the CHD community and a Framework for Action.


Implementation of the Action Plan is underway, with work commencing on;
  • The first-ever Australian standards of care for CHD, including world-first neurodevelopmental and mental health standards;
  • Increased awareness of CHD and its unique challenges and improved access to information, support and resources for all people impacted by CHD
  • A specific focus on resources and support for priority populations, especially Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • More specialist CHD health professionals to provide access to CHD-relevant health and allied health services and support for all Australians impacted by CHD irrespective of where they live
  • Research evidence that will inform earlier interventions and improved therapies to reduce the burden of CHD on all those affected

For more information on the Action Plan, please contact Jessica Keating, Action Plan Project Manager at jessica.keating@heartkids.org.au

Download the Action Plan

Download the full National Strategic Action Plan for Childhood Heart Disease from the links below.

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Compedia for the National Strategic Action Plan for Childhood Heart Disease (CHD) 2019

Compendium A - Consultation Summary and Implementation Partners
Compendium B - Current Activities and Resources Stocktake
Compendium C -Supporting Evidence




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