We’d like to welcome the new Hypertension Taskforce Working Groups and all of their members.
In late 2022, the Hypertension Taskforce was launched as a joint initiative of Hypertension Australia and the Australian Cardiovascular Alliance.
The National Hypertension Taskforce was established with a remit to double high blood pressure control rates in Australia from 32% to 70% by 2030 and has membership across the health spectrum including peak bodies, professional societies, clinicians, researchers and consumers with lived experience.
The Taskforce has identified five key priority areas that will be critical on the path to achieving better blood pressure (BP) control for all Australians. To address these priority areas, working groups were established and Expressions of Interest were opened.
We’re delighted to introduce you to these five new working groups, their members and Co-Leads.
1. Developing up-to-date, simple BP management tools for healthcare providers.
Michael Stowasser (Co-Lead)
Charlotte Hespe (Co-Lead)
2. Increasing patient activation and engagement.
Liz Halcomb (Co-Lead)
Niamh Chapman (Co-Lead)
3. Raising and maintaining awareness at all levels.
Lisa Murphy (Co-Lead)
Quynh Nhu Dinh (Co-Lead)
4. Establishing a systems and data-based approach to BP management.
James Sharman (Co-Lead)
Nelson Wang (Co-Lead)
5. Improving detection (screening) of people with elevated BP to identify those at risk.
Jun Yang (Co-Lead)
Martin Schultz (Co-Lead)