Older Aussies lack access to specialist heart care

Australian researchers used geographic data modelling to develop an index of more than 20,000 locations on the basis of their proximity to a principal referral centre and to secondary prevention services.

They classified the amount of time it takes to get to a hospital, the quality of cardiac facilities available and access to GPs, rehabilitation and pathology services.

Residents of places like Abbotsleigh in Queensland, Albatross Island in Tasmania or Alton Downs in South Australia are at a disadvantage compared to the norm in Australia, being more than one hour by road from cardiac care, the seven-year project