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.)