Title

Enhancing Wellness: HeartNET an Online Interactive Community Supporting People with Cardiovascular Disease

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publisher

Edith Cowan University

Faculty

Education and Arts

School

Communications and Arts, Centre for Research in Entertainment, Arts,Technology, Education and Communications

RAS ID

8838

Funders

Australian Research Council

Grant Number

ARC Number : LP0775520

Comments

This article was originally published as: Uridge, L. K., Green, L. R., & Rodan, D. (2009). Enhancing wellness: HeartNET an online interactive community supporting people with cardiovascular disease. Proceedings of Vario Health Conference Physical and Mental Wellness - Integrative Approaches to Health. (pp. 145-150). Joondalup, Western Australia. Edith Cowan University.

Abstract

Cardiovascular disease remains one of the leading causes of death and long term disability in the Australian population. Following a cardiovascular event an individual may be uncertain about their emotional wellness as well as their physical heath and long term future. Support in any form for people experiencing cardiovascular disease is important. While medical treatment is crucial, some people look for additional forms of support, especially from others who have experienced a similar situation, who can give encouragement, reassurance and insight into their own experiences. Some will seek support from friends and family while others will seek health information and support via the Internet and World Wide Web. The HeartNET website harnesses the Internet and World Wide Web to provide patients and their carers with an opportunity to connect with others. People who communicate via HeartNET often have relevant knowledge and experience, and find they have much in common in their search for wellness, even though the parties are separated both geographically and physically. HeartNET is an ARC‐Linkage project between the National Heart Foundation (WA division) and Edith Cowan University. The paper discusses the value of this interactive online support service to the Australia‐wide (and in some cases, international) community of people living with cardiovascular disease.

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