Nearly 300,000 Australians currently suffer from heart diseases, with almost 40 per cent of heart attacks being fatal. As the population continues to age, the risk of disease and attacks is certain to climb.
Cardiac research has recently received a substantial increase to research efforts in the form of a $2 million boost. The NSW government announced the funding amount with the launch of a new cardiac awareness campaign at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute.
Aged care providers will certainly stand to benefit from a cardiac funding increase, as the flow-on benefits for workers will ensure longer, healthier lives.
Cardiac issues are prevalent amongst older Australians, and any increased focus in research will likely have significant repercussions over the next few years.
Health Minister and Medical Research Minister Jillian Skinner spoke about the widespread nature of the diseases and the importance of increased research efforts.
"Heart disease is the leading cause of death in Australia, claiming the lives of more than 20,000 people each year," Mrs Skinner said.
She went on to explain the wider benefits for the state, and how the research process would impact patients. Additionally, she stated how she was passionate about the power of research to change the lives of people living with substantial health issues.
"It will enhance the state's capacity for translating research from the bench top to the bedside to deliver real outcomes for patients."
The funding boost is part of a larger NSW research package which is contributed every year. It's certainly a possibility that further research boosts will stem from the success of current efforts.
"I am passionate about the power of research to change the lives of people who face significant health challenges," Mrs Skinner said.