Health services are enduring many challenges maintaining cardiac rehabilitation services in the current COVID 19 crisis. Visit the Members Centre to access resources to support practitioners, and patients who might not be able to access cardiac rehabilitation. Please consider becoming a member to access ongoing support and resources.

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.

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The national cardiac rehabilitation services online map is a joint initiative between the Heart Foundation and the Australian Cardiovascular Health and Rehabilitation Association (ACRA).

Membership deal

Join ACRA between now and the 30th April 2021 for just $68.25! This equates to a 50% discount on the standard membership fee. Join during one of our upcoming events and we'll waive the additional $40 joining fee.

Upcoming events

Don't miss out on our upcoming events for clinicians and researchers with an interest in cardiac rehab and secondary prevention. We offer a range of state-based, national and online events at significant discounts to members.

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 and Heart Foundation Position Statement on telehealth and cardiac rehabilitation

December 18, 2020

Please find below a position statement from the Heart Foundation and the Australian Cardiovascular Health and Rehabilitation Association about the ongoing place of telehealth in cardiac rehabilitation service delivery. You can also download a pdf version of the statement here Participating in a cardiac rehabilitation program is a critical step in a person’s recovery from…

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ACRA Annual General Meeting Treasurer’s Report

November 23, 2020

The 2019-2020 ACRA Treasurer’s Report as presented at the 2020 AGM can be viewed here: ACRA Treasury Report_Conference_2020

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Recently endorsed project now recruiting CR providers for short online survey

November 16, 2020

ACRA has recently endorsed “The use of ambient and individual music listening during cardiac rehabilitation in Australia” This study is being undertaken by a group of researchers in the Department of Physiotherapy at Monash University, Victoria, Australia. They are interested in whether ambient (background) music is used during cardiac rehabilitation or whether individual participants listen…

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