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   12   Heart failure

Mr Alexander, pursuant to notice, moved—That this House:

(1)        notes that between 1 and 2 per cent of the Australian population suffers from heart failure, with this proportion higher in Indigenous communities;

(2)        acknowledges with concern the rising cost of care for the growing number of Australians with heart failure, including the duration and frequency of hospitalisation, medical management and health complications;

(3)        further notes that research from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare states that over 60,000 heart failure hospital admissions, amounting to over 400,000 bed days and a cost to the healthcare system of $3.9 billion are potentially preventable;

(4)        welcomes the arrival of proven technologies, including transcatheter mitral valve repair, which have demonstrated transformative improvements in addressing underlying causes of heart failure including functional and degenerative mitral regurgitation;

(5)        commends the support given by clinicians, advocates, carers and families of Australians suffering from heart failure;

(6)        welcomes with appreciation the announcement of the Government’s commitment of $220 million over 10 years for the Cardiovascular Mission under the Medical Research Fund;

(7)        acknowledges the Government’s commitment to address all forms of heart disease under the National Action Plan for Heart and Stroke;

(8)        notes the current consideration by the Medical Services Advisory Committee of transcatheter mitral valve repair; and

(9)        calls on the Government to ensure all Australians have early access to proven procedures and technologies, such as transcatheter mitral valve repair, where indicated, to address the rising healthcare burden and premature mortality represented by heart failure.

Debate ensued.

The time allotted for private Members’ business having expired, the debate was interrupted, and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for the next sitting.