Health Minister attends ACU summit

Published: Tuesday 20th October 2015

In response to the growing problem of Heart Failure in the Australian community, the Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research, the National Heart Foundation of Australia and a group of leading health experts convened a Rediscovering Heart Failure Summit at Parliament House, Canberra on Tuesday 13 October.

The Summit, which was chaired by Sophie Scott, ABC News Medical Reporter, brought together a select panel of over 40 leading political, clinical and health policy experts to discuss the implications of the escalating public health problem of Heart Failure.

The Summit was addressed by the Hon Sussan Ley MP, Minister for Health. Participants at the Summit and preceding Parliamentary Luncheon included Stephen Jones MP, Shadow Assistant Minister for Health; Senator Dr Richard Di Natale, Greens Leader and Health Spokesperson; Senator Deborah O’Neill; the Hon Philip Ruddock MP; the Hon Bronwyn Bishop MP; John Alexander OAM MP; Professor Garry Jennings AO Director, BakerIDI; Dr Andrew Singer, Principal Medical Advisor, Commonwealth Department of Health; Mary Barry, CEO Heart Foundation and Brian Gladsden President and Managing Director, Novartis Australia.

Professor Simon Stewart, Director, Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research, said, “Our goal was to develop an integrated plan of initiatives designed to address the current gaps in our ability to prevent, detect and manage heart failure, and to ‘future-proof’ Australia from the impact of this debilitating and deadly disease. The Summit was an outstanding success and an important initiative that has assisted us to place heart failure firmly under the lens of political and public health scrutiny.”