Developing an implementation strategy for enhancing the detection andmanagement of familial hypercholesterolaemia in Australia

  • Sarkies, Mitchell (Primary Chief Investigator)
  • Watts, Gerald F. (Chief Investigator)
  • Sullivan, David R. (Chief Investigator)
  • Braithwaite, Jeffrey (Chief Investigator)

Project: Research

Project Details


There is trustworthy evidence to guide clinical management of FH. However, despite its tragic consequences for coronary artery disease (CAD) and recently published consensus guidance for the care of FH in Australia, FH remains an underdiagnosed condition for which genetic testing and best practice management is not always delivered. Until now, there has been minimal research translation eff orts for FH in Australia. The proposed research aims to create new knowledge for implementing practices that will improvethe care for approximately 100,000 Australians at risk of CAD due to FH.
This applied research translational project will implement enhanced detection andmanagement of familial hypercholesterolaemia (FH) within the Australian healthcare system. The implementation strategy design will follow a two-stage process: 1) identify the barriers and enablers to testing and screening people for FH, and 2) design an implementation strategy by mapping interventions to overcome the identified barriers and enablers.

Layman's description

Familial hypercholesterolaemia (FH) is a genetic condition that causes high cholesterol and cardiovascular disease. Despite its tragic consequences, FH remains under-diagnosed as only 10% of Australians with FH have been detected. Our research seeks to enhance the detection and management of FH by identifying barriers to screening and testing. Once barriers are identified, we can implement solutions and overcome barriers to people receiving the best care available.
Short titleHow to implement improved care of familial hypercholesterolaemia in Australia
Effective start/end date1/01/2231/12/22