The Donvale Heart Failure Program is a multi-disciplinary day program for people living with heart failure or cardiomyopathy. It aims to help you resume an active and fulfilling life. It aims to improve both physical and emotional wellbeing and reduce further problems or hospital readmissions.
The multi-disciplinary program combines health education, exercise and support in a small group environment.
The exercise sessions are individually targeted to each participant’s current level of activity. They encourage a gradual increase in activity.
The comprehensive education sessions cover topics including:
- What is heart failure?
- Recognising and managing heart failure symptoms
- Medications for heart failure
- Healthy eating for heart health
- Depression and stress management
- Benefits and guidelines for activity and exercise
- Energy conservation and pacing
- Making informed choices
How is day rehabilitation funded?
Day rehabilitation is covered by your private health hospital cover. Please note, there may be an out of pocket fee, and a doctors referral is required.
How often or for how long do I attend?
Usually you will attend one to two times a week for 6 weeks however it varies from program to program.