Health services are enduring many challenges maintaining face to face cardiac rehabilitation services in the current COVID 19 crisis. Visit the Members Centre to access resources to support patients who might not be able to access cardiac rehabilitation. If you are not a member take advantage of our current special to join ACRA.

Australian Cardiovascular Health and Rehabilitation Association

The Australian Cardiovascular Health and Rehabilitation Association is the peak body which provides support and advocacy for multidisciplinary health professionals to deliver evidence-based best practice across the continuum of cardiovascular care. We aim to empower health professionals to achieve optimal and equitable outcomes for all affected by cardiovascular disease.

Find a service

We are pleased to announce the launch of the national cardiac rehabilitation services online map! This is a joint initiative between the Heart Foundation and the Australian Cardiovascular Health and Rehabilitation Association (ACRA).

Current research projects

View all projects currently endorsed by the ACRA committee. Endorsement demonstrates that the project has undergone rigorous review, and meets high standards.

Membership special

If you are a health professional or researcher working in cardiovascular health and chronic disease management, join us now to receive 1 month free on all individual, rural and departmental memberships. We are also waiving all joining fees at this time.

Dr Bruce Shirazi, Rehabilitation Specialist, Frankston and Parkdale, Victoria

Cardiac rehabilitation gets you better, faster and to a higher level than being left to manage on your own.

Dr Geoff Abbott, Rehabilitation Consultant, St John of God Frankston Rehabilitation Hospital

I feel that Cardiac Rehabilitation should be offered to a large proportion of patients following cardiac events such as surgery, infarction and heart failure as it complements the medical and nursing treatment standards.

Dr Chris Finn, Cardiologist, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Western Australia

Participation in cardiac rehabilitation serves as the first critical step for preventing future heart attacks. As such, it acts as critical gateway for establishing lifelong habits for the ongoing management of heart disease.

Dr Johanne Neill, Cardiologist, Ipswich Hospital, Queensland

Having a heart attack is of course a stressful event for all patients.  Cardiac rehabilitation is an excellent and evidence based means of supporting patients through this stressful time with education and reassurance, and helping them to gain confidence with their “new normal”. 


Dr Christine Burdeniuk, Cardiologist Flinders Cardiac Clinic, South Australia

I believe cardiac rehabilitation should be offered to not only patients who have had a cardiac event, but also those at high risk of a cardiac event, as prevention is even better than cure. As clinicians we need to be proactive in encouraging patients to engage in cardiac rehabilitation as the benefits are not in any doubt.

Dr Stuart Cox, Interventional Cardiologist, Sunshine Coast University Hospital

Cardiac rehabilitation is an essential component of any cardiology department. The evidence is irrefutable for the benefits a robust cardiac rehabilitation service can have for reducing hospital re-presentations and improving long-term cardiac outcomes in a safe, cost-effective way.

Latest news

ACRA members invited to free interactive smoking cessation webinar

November 13, 2020

ACRA members have been extended an invitation to join a free interactive webinar on smoking cessation from InVIVO Academy on December 3rd at 7:3opm AEDT. Please visit our Events page for more information.

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New video just added >> ACRA-Qld Community of Practice “Adapted models of care for cardiac rehab & future directions”

November 8, 2020

This webinar was held on Friday 6th November and titled ‘Adapted models of care for cardiac rehab & future directions’, presented by a range of ACRA CR researchers and clinicians from both private and public cardiac rehab practice. You will be able to learn from CR providers about adaptations made to CR models of care…

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New video just added >> ACRA NSW/ACT ‘Fantastic Five’ Webinar: The use of stem cells to create myocardium

October 28, 2020

This webinar was held on Monday 26 October 1.30-2pm and titled ‘The use of stem cells to create myocardium’, presented by Dr Zoe Clayton, a postdoctoral scientist in the Centre for Heart Research at the Westmead Institute for Medical Research. She received her PhD from the University of Sydney in 2017. Her research interests lie in…

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