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A $1.35 million NHMRC research grant to help reduce the risk of repeat heart attacks in people living in rural and remote Australia has been awarded to Flinders University.

The Country Heart Attack Prevention (CHAP) project aims to boost the completion of cardiac rehabilitation. Statistics show only 20-50% of patients attend rehabilitation in rural and remote areas.

Clinicians including nurses will be encouraged to recommend cardiac rehabilitation, develop an auto referral system, and provide a range of delivery methods including face to face, telephone support, apps, websites and general practice models, to improve long term support for heart health.