Australian Cardiovascular Health and Rehabilitation Association Inc.

Practice Guidelines

ACRA Core Components Paper (2014)

In 2014 the Australian Cardiovascular Health and Rehabilitation Association (ACRA) convened an inter-agency, multidisciplinary, nationally representative expert panel of Australia's leading cardiac rehabilitation clinicians, researchers and health advocates who reviewed the research evidence and completed a paper on the Core Components of Cardiovascular Disease Secondary Prevention and Cardiac Rehabilitation.

Woodruffe S, Neubeck L, Clark RA, Gray K, Ferry C, Finan J, Sanderson S, Briffa TG. Australian Cardiovascular Health and Rehabilitation Association (ACRA) core components of cardiovascular disease secondary prevention and cardiac rehabilitation 2014. Heart, Lung and Circulation. 2015 May 1;24(5):430-41.

Screening for obstructive sleep apnoea in cardiac rehabilitation: A position statement from the Australian Centre for Heart Health and the Australian Cardiovascular Health and Rehabilitation Association

Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is characterized by recurrent episodes of complete or partial upper-airway obstruction during sleep due to the collapse of upper-pharyngeal soft tissue during sleep, resulting in intermittent oxygen deprivation, usually unrecognized by the patient. This position paper presents the views of an expert panel represented by members of the Australian Centre for Heart Health and the Australian Cardiovascular Health and Rehabilitation Association.

Le Grande MR, Neubeck L, Murphy BM, McIvor D, Lynch D, McLean H, Jackson AC. Screening for obstructive sleep apnoea in cardiac rehabilitation: A position statement from the Australian Centre for Heart Health and the Australian Cardiovascular Health and Rehabilitation Association. European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. 2016 Sep;23(14):1466-75..

Practice guidelines from external organisations

Brieger D, Amerena J, Attia JR, Bajorek B, Chan KH, Connell C, Freedman B, Ferguson C, Hall T, Haqqani HM, Hendriks J. National Heart Foundation of Australia and Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand: Australian clinical guidelines for the diagnosis and management of atrial fibrillation 2018. Medical Journal of Australia. 2018 Oct;209(8):356-62..

Brieger D, Amerena J, Attia JR, Bajorek B, Chan KH, Connell C, Freedman B, Ferguson C, Hall T, Haqqani HM, Hendriks J. National Heart Foundation of Australia and Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand: Australian clinical guidelines for the diagnosis and management of atrial fibrillation 2018. Medical Journal of Australia. 2018 Oct;209(8):356-62..

National Heart Foundation of Australia and the Cardiac Society of Australia and New
Zealand. Reducing risk in heart disease: an expert guide to clinical practice for secondary prevention of
coronary heart disease. Melbourne: National Heart Foundation of Australia, 2012.

The information presented in the listed guidelines is for the purpose of making health information available to the Australian cardiac rehabilitation clinical community. They are not a substitute for independent professional advice.

ACRA does not guarantee, and accepts no legal liability whatsoever arising from or connected to the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of any information in guidelines developed by external bodies.