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Indigenous Cardiovascular Health Modules


The RACP, in conjunction with the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSANZ) has developed three modules focusing on cardiovascular disease and healthcare in Indigenous rural and remote communities.

These modules are now available to provide continuing professional development for health professionals engaged in the delivery of cardiovascular health care for Indigenous Australians through web-based, interactive modules. The modules are targeted at 15,000 specialist physicians and trainees and 500 specialist cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons. It is expected that rural and regional practitioners in particular will benefit from the modules.

The key topic areas covered in the modules include:


Coronary Artery Disease including cardiovascular risk factors and specific issues of cardiothoracic surgery in Indigenous Australians;


Coronary Care in the context of cultural considerations for Indigenous Australians and understanding disparities in care of acute and chronic cardiovascular disease;


Rheumatic Heart Disease and Acute Rheumatic Fever in Indigenous Australians.

The material in these topics has been drawn from recent Indigenous Cardiovascular Health meetings, literature, expert consensus and commissioned research efforts. These are incorporated into online modules and include video and audio footage. The modules are also interactive, incorporating a question and answer format and further reading.

Project Collaboration

The RACP has been collaborating with the following College on this project.


Contact Information

For more information on the project please contact the RHCE unit at

The Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand

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The Rural Health Continuing Education (RHCE) Program

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This Project has been funded by the Department of Health and Ageing under the Rural Health Continuing Education Sub-program (RHCE) Stream One which is managed by the Committee of Presidents of Medical Colleges.

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians is solely responsible for the content of, and views expressed in any material associated with this project.