New Hypertension Data

More than 4.6 million Australians have hypertension, despite an estimated $1 billion being spent on managing the condition each year, a Heart Foundation paper published this month has detailed.

The in-depth look at the ABS Australian Health Survey data showed:

  • 200,000 Australians have severe hypertension (>180/110 mmHg)
  • One million Australians are taking anti-hypertensive medication yet their blood pressure is not reaching targets
  • Only 1.46 million have their blood pressure controlled (≤140/90 mmHg)
  • The remaining hypertensive adults have unmanaged blood pressure

These figures reiterate the importance of community pharmacy services, including blood pressure checks.

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Source:, Wednesday 16 April 2014