Arrhythmia Alliance Australia launched

Tue, Aug 6th 2013

Our sister organisation, Arrhythmia Alliance (The Heart Rhythm Charity) launched in Brisbane on 6th August 2013 to promote better understanding, diagnosis, treatment and quality of life for the hundreds of thousands of people who suffer from heart rhythm disorders. AFA Australia is the first affiliate of Arrhythmia Alliance Australia.

The charity launched at a patient meeting at Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane (pictured) with the central aim of providing information, education and support to anyone living with or caring for someone with a cardiac arrhythmia.

The most common arrhythmia, atrial fibrillation, affects an estimated 240,000 Australians and increases the chance of someone suffering a stroke by five times. Like many arrhythmia sufferers, people with the disorder often remain undiagnosed because they do not recognise symptoms like palpitations, feeling faint or shortness of breath.

Arrhythmia Alliance - Australia is a new chapter of Arrhythmia Alliance (A-A), which was first established in the UK and has grown to become the leading heart rhythm charity since it was founded by Trudie Lobban MBE in 2004. Speaking at the patient meeting, she welcomed the birth of the new charity:

‘I am so pleased that Arrhythmia Alliance – Australia has launched to help those affected by heart rhythm disorders. We will work to ensure that anyone affected by an arrhythmia can access accurate guidance and timely and quality care. This meeting today is about; promoting awareness and spreading the word.’

Trudie attended the 61st Annual Meeting of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSANZ) at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre from 8-11 August 2013 to outline these goals and formally launch the charity. She is pictured here with Dr Ben Freedman, who is a member of the AFA Australia Medical Advisory Committee.

We would like to extend our gratitude to Prof Ben Freedman, Professor of Cardiology at Concord Hospital,  who has been instrumental in helping us establish in Australia.

Listen to Trudie on the Gary Hardgrave 4BC Drive programme