Hypertension in Australia

High blood pressure (Hypertension) is the leading risk factor for cardiovascular disease. One third of Australian adults have high blood pressure (33.7%), with almost 1.2 times as many males living with hypertension than females (36.2% compared to 31.3%). Prevalence of high blood pressure increases with age, with almost four out of five adults living with hypertension by the age of 75 years. 

In Australia, we lag behind other comparable OECD countries, including the U.S. and Canada in controlling and managing high blood pressure. Data from the AIHW show that control rates in Australia sit around 32%, suggesting that 68% of people with high blood pressure are undiagnosed and/or untreated.


Two workshops for Hypertension have been held to discuss strategies to double the blood pressure control rates in Australia, and reach a target of 70%. These workshops were lead by co-leads Professor Markus Schlaich and Professor Alta Schutte.

The workshops brought together participants from across the sector (consumers, researchers, clinicians and industry) to develop national, ambitious, and collaborative research solutions to address this unmet need. 

Project Contact

Dr Catherine Shang | catherine.shang@ozheart.org