Heart Attack Postcode: Find Out How Quickly You'll Get Help

If you have a heart attack, speedy treatment can make a crucial difference to whether you survive it and your quality of life afterwards. The Cardiac Accessibility and Remoteness Index for Australia rates how easily you can access a cardiac specialist and the range of services within reach.

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The rankings were developed by a research team at the Queensland University of Technology. They're available online in a spreadsheet linked below, with scores ranging from 1 (the best) to 8 (the worst) for accessibility of services, plus a letter grade from A to E for their overall quality. So if you're in a 1A area, you have easy access to a wide range of cardiac services; an 8E is not such good news.

To save you opening Excel, we've also embedded the spreadsheet below. Use the find or filter functions to locate your postcode or town and see its ranking. (You can do a simple text search using your browser's find function.)

Cardiac Accessibility and Remoteness Index [Excel spreadsheet via The Conversation]


    1A for me, I can keep smoking!

    Embedding a spreadsheet THAT big... Hmmm...

      Yeah I gave up trying to get any where near my Post Code...
      Very silly

        sort descending, move scrollbar... worked fine for me. am I missing something?

    Click the down arrow next to post code, select text filter, type in your post code and bingo. Now who is silly.

    Well i'm in a 1A area, probably to do with the fact Tweed Heads Hospital is probably a 3 minute trip via ambulance to our street..

      If you have a heart attack though they'll to take you to GCH. Tweed doesn't have a cath lab.

        You sure about that? Swear i've known people who were admitted to Tweed who were having cardiac problems.

        Alternatively if you had the money or a gold card whatever they could take you to John Flynn

    As a current Paramedic I can tell you that the best chance of surviving a cardiac arrest is to call early, hope you are in the back of an Ambulance when it happens, don't live in a rural location, and live as close to the CBD as you can. With increasing demand and decreasing or static funding we are streeeettttched every day, but we do the best we can. Utilisation is close to 100% every single day in Sydney.

    The text filters at the top save having to load the entire sheet by scrolling through to your town.

    Does someone want to turn that into a cool heat map of Australia?

    Not sure if this is an accurate map for urban areas, but it is pretty [email protected] for rural areas. It does not take into account nursing posts, access to RFDS airstrips or flight times to tertiary hospitals.


    Now I know that I'll be in good hands if I do get a Heart Attack, (Unlikely, but reassuring).

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