Cardiac Rehabilitation advocate wins distinguished service award

THE Australian Cardiovascular Health and Rehabilitation Association (ACRA) and the Heart Foundation congratulate Ms Sabine Drilling on becoming the 2016 ACRA Alan Goble Distinguished Service Award recipient.

The Award celebrates the achievements of individuals who have provided extraordinary service to Cardiovascular Rehabilitation at both state and national level in Australia.

Ms Drilling was presented with the Alan Goble Distinguished Service Award at the Australian Cardiovascular Health and Rehabilitation Association (ACRA) Awards Dinner in Adelaide last night.

Adelaide is hosting the 26th Annual Scientific Meeting of Australian Cardiovascular Health & Rehabilitation. This conference is Australia’s largest annual event devoted to the multidisciplinary approach to cardiovascular primary and secondary prevention.

A founding member of ACRA and a member of the Heart Foundation South Australia cardiovascular health team, Ms Drilling has been committed for over 30 years to improving the cardiac patient care and advocating for greater cardiac rehabilitation support and attendance.

As one of the state’s first specialist cardiac rehabilitation nurses and a driving force behind the establishment of one of the first South Australian cardiac rehabilitation programs at Flinders Medical Centre, Ms Drilling has touched the lives of thousands of South Australians living with heart disease, Australia’s single biggest killer.

“It gives us great pleasure to recognise Sabine Drilling who is a clinician with great passion in cardiovascular health for so many years and who continues to play an integral role in cardiovascular health,” said Dianna Lynch, President ACRA (South Australia) and ACRA Conference Convener.

Upon accepting the award, Ms Drilling said “she was humbled to have received the award and to be amongst such distinguished recipients including Alan Goble himself.

“Every year 55,000 Australians have a heart attack, yet only around 13,000 of survivors will attend a life-saving cardiac rehabilitation program. I am passionate about helping to turn this alarming trend around.”

“Patients who participate in a cardiac rehabilitation program are 40% less likely to be readmitted to hospital within 12 months and 25% less likely to die from another heart attack. Cardiac rehabilitation can also dramatically increase their quality of life,” Ms Drilling added.

Heart Foundation SA CEO Dr Amanda Rischbieth said: “We congratulate Sabine are extremely proud of her exemplary work and through her dedication and expertise; we continue to be committed to ensuring more people attending cardiac rehabilitation in the future.”

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