Implementation of a peer support program for people with heart disease
Our multidisciplinary team and stakeholders will build on our previous research to evaluate a scalable strategy for improving survivorship and reducing morbidity for people living with heart disease via the implementation of a peer support program that has in-person and digital options. We will evaluate a phased roll-out (stepped wedge cluster RCT) of the peer and emotional support across 25 LGAs (>1200 patients) across Australia.
The in-person option will expand the existing Heart Support Australia program across diverse geographical areas and community groups. The digital option is our purpose-built co-designed ‘app’ (Heart2Heart) that enables digital peer support based on the concept of emotional contagion. We will also establish a national peer support registry of connected and engaged patients managed within the Heart2Heart database enabling ongoing evaluation, communication and quality improvement by leveraging capacity across geographical and cultural groups.
- Prof Julie Redfern, USYD, Professor of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health
- Prof Robyn Gallagher, USYD, Professor of Nursing
- Prof Adrian Bauman, Emeritus Professor of Public Health, Sydney School of Public Health
- Prof Gemma Figtree, Interventional cardiologist and professor at USYD;
- Prof Tom Briffa, UWA, Head of Cardiovascular Research Group and Centre for Health Services Research
- Prof Andrew Maiorana, Professor at Curtin University and Exercise Physiologist
- Prof Maree Hackett, Program Head, Mental Health at The George Institute for Global Health
- Dr Karice Hyun, USYD, Senior Research Fellow
- Dr Stephen Law, USYD Senior Research Fellow in Health Economics.
- Associate Professor Simon Poon, USYD, Health Informatics Research
- Dr Clara Zwack, USYD Research Fellow
- Dr Emily Li, USYD Research Officer