A major expansion of cardiac services was announced on August 21 by chief minister Paul Henderson, with cardiac surgery to commence in the Northern Territory for the first time.
This is great news for people living in the Territory with cardiovascular diseases, as these improved cardiac services will help to provide the care and treatment needed to address their condition.
The services are expected to be available next year, with cardiac surgery and a range of diagnostic screening and testing.
"We will expand cardiac surgery and the cardiac specialist team in Darwin with additional cardiac specialist doctors and technicians. This team will work with health professionals in hospitals and health centres for earlier diagnosis and treatment of heart conditions," said Mr Henderson.
"Around 150 people will now be able to have angioplasty in Darwin rather than having to travel interstate."
A health insurance plan may help to provide the access to these cardiac services, so you can get the treatment and care needed.
You can ensure that you and your family's wellbeing is looked after by organising a family health insurance cover, so that you can get the medical care when it's needed.
Mr Henderson says that the initiative will also enable people in remote areas to be treated for cardiac conditions, where testing will be available in regional areas and remote clinics.