Evidence based cardiac rehabilitation at your fingertips. Cardihab is delivered via a smartphone app - SmartCR.

What is Cardihab?

Cardiac rehabilitation (cardiac rehab) is a program of support, guidance and education which aims to optimise heart health and may lower the chances of future heart problems.

  • 6 week digitally supervised cardiac rehab

    Feel supported as you make lifestyle and behavioural choices to reduce the risk of future heart problems.

  • Access to smartphone app (SmartCR)

    SmartCR allows you to track your health measures, medicines, symptoms and tasks set out by your HBF health coach to complete your cardiac rehab.

  • Weekly phone calls

    Specialised education and support through weekly phone calls with an HBF health coach experienced in cardiac care.

  • Personalised care plan

    Individually tailored care plan to help you achieve your personal heart health goals.

  • Self-paced learning about heart health and your recovery

    Educational content to help you understand the things that impact your heart health and recovery.

  • Evidence based

    Developed by the CSIRO, Cardihab* is backed by evidence to deliver improved health outcomes.

Meet your HBF health coaches

Kate Kenny

Kate graduated from ECU with a Master of Nutrition & Dietetics in 2013. Kate enjoys the challenge of communicating complex topics in an engaging way and believes if you invest some time learning more about your own health, you reap the benefits.

Mary Du Heaume

Mary is an Accredited Practising Dietitian. With over 6 years’ experience as a cardiac health coach, Mary is committed to helping members achieve their best health by providing practical information and support while being kind and respectful.

How to get started

  1. Registration

    Return the completed consent form sent to you in the mail.

    Download the SmartCR app via the App Store or Google Play

    Use the "How to use the SmartCR app" information flyer to download the app

    Note: Accessing Smart CR requires you have regular access to a smart phone or smart device (such as an iPad or tablet) with up to date software.

  2. Schedule your call

    A Health Programs representative will contact you to schedule a convenient time for your weekly call.

  3. Begin

    Start your heart health journey.

FAQ's about Cardihab

How do I know if I am eligible for Cardihab?

To be eligible you must:

  • Be 18 years or over;
  • Hold an eligible hospital product which includes cover for the clinical category “Heart and vascular system”;
  • Have served the relevant waiting period for the clinical category “Heart and vascular system”;
  • Not have previously enrolled in a Cardihab program funded by HBF;
  • Have access to a compatible smartphone and Internet connection, allowing you access to the Cardihab Smart CR app; and
  • Have been diagnosed with a cardiovascular disease/condition that may be improved through cardiac rehabilitation.

Generally, you are eligible if you were admitted to hospital for a procedure or condition that is suitable for cardiac rehabilitation, including:

  • Acute Myocardial Infarction
  • Coronary artery bypass graft surgery
  • Percutaneous coronary interventions
  • Angioplasty
  • Coronary Artery Disease. E.g. stable angina
  • Angina
  • Valve device, replacement and repair
  • Permanent pacemaker
  • Heart transplant
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Hypercholesterolaemia.

To check your eligibility and to discuss your suitability for the program please call our Health Program representatives on 1300 886 513 (Mon to Fri, 8am to 4pm WST)

Why is HBF offering Cardihab?

The Australian Heart Foundation recommends cardiac rehabilitation in addition to your usual care as it is shown to improve health outcomes after a cardiac event; however, research shows less than 30% of patients complete a cardiac rehab program. Cardihab provides a convenient way to participate in cardiac rehab and achieves equivalent outcomes to clinic based cardiac rehab.

How will I benefit?

Cardiac rehabilitation helps people recover from cardiac events, manage their heart condition and may reduce the risk of future events. By participating in the Cardihab program, you can make positive changes to your lifestyle and in doing so, improve your heart health.

What is the cost of Cardihab?

Cardihab is provided to eligible HBF members at no extra cost.