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The Education Interface Program: Heart Failure Management

How to Improve Heart Failure Outcomes
Dr Nathan Dwyer
Date & Time:
Tuesday 2 March 2021 6.30pm - 8.00pm
Online (Zoom)
GPs, Practice Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, General Practice Liaison Officers


The Cardiac Community Network has been set up with the aim to improve communication and collaboration between primary and secondary care services, focusing on the management of cardiac related conditions. The Education Interface Program will be delivered state-wide through a video conferencing forum.

The Education Interface Program will aim to achieve the following:

  • Improve interface between primary health and secondary acute care facilities
  • Enable primary health services to support and manage cardiac clients in the community setting, seeking timely secondary opinions through quality referral process
  • Enhance knowledge base of evidence-based models of care relating to specific cardiac conditions
  • Increase awareness of primary and secondary prevention
  • Improved identification of at-risk clients (Australian Absolute Cardiovascular Disease Risk Calculator)


Heart failure is common, affecting 2% of the adult Australian population and 10% of those over the age of 75 years. General practitioners are certainly going to encounter patients with a diagnosis of heart failure. This syndrome can be seen with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) or reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF), which have equal prevalence but different management approaches. Morbidity and mortality are high with frequent re-admissions for decompensated heart failure. We will explore strategies to improve heart failure outcomes and standardise the continuum of care between primary and secondary healthcare facilities.

This is forum four of a nine forum series held from November 2020 to September 2021 covering the following topics:

  • Top 4 Quality Improvement Initiatives in Cardiology
  • ECG Workshop
  • Imaging Made Easy – ECHO Workshop
  • Heart Failure Management
  • Hypertension Management
  • Complications in Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Secondary prevention
  • High Risk Primary Prevention
  • Atrial Fibrillation Management

For further information contact Dr Paul MacIntyre via Amanda Conroy (Personal Assistant) – Amanda.conroy@ths.tas.gov.au  or Tanya Murray tanya.murray@ths.tas.gov.au (ADON – Service Development Program)


Dr Nathan Dwyer | BMedSci (Hons), MBBS (Hons), PhD, FRACP, FCSANZ| Head of Department Cardiology| Staff Cardiologist | Royal Hobart Hospital