Risk assessment resources

Go to calculator (via www.cvdcheck.org.au)

Guidelines, GP reference guide and consumer information

Risk assessment and management in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults 

The Medical Journal of Australia recently published new recommendations for cardiovascular disease risk assessment and management for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults under 35 years. The updated recommendations are for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals to receive:

  • Combined early screening for diabetes, chronic kidney disease and other CVD risk factors from the age of 18 years at latest

  • Assessment of using an Australian CVD risk calculator from the age of 30 years at the latest.

The consensus statement was developed in partnership with the Australian National University’s Aboriginal Reference Group (Thiitu Tharrmay) and other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders in cardiovascular disease prevention. The recommendations have been endorsed by the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, Central Australian Rural Practitioners Association and ACDPA.


Resources to support risk communication with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults

The Healing Heart: Communities Toolkit has been designed as a resource for all clinical staff in primary care, and aims to support conversations about cardiovascular disease risk. 


This site includes useful resources to support communication of CVD risk with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, including:

  • Overview of absolute CVD risk and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

  • Visual guide for explaining CVD risk to patients.

Link to absolute risk FAQs

Note - the National Vascular Disease Prevention Alliance and its work has been incorporated into the Australian Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance (ACDPA). All activities are being continued under ACDPA.

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