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The COACH program®

Being admitted to hospital following a heart attack, stroke or for other cardiovascular event or procedure can be a worrying time. The telephone-based COACH Program can help members through this challenging period.

The COACH Program involves regular phone contact with a qualified dietitian trained in cardiovascular disease management - a personal 'coach'. Over approximately a six month period following hospitalisation for a cardiac or stroke related illness, coaches work closely with members to identify steps they can take to reduce the likelihood of future complications.

This includes achieving the recommended National Heart Foundation and National Stroke Foundation targets for risk factors such as cholesterol, blood pressure, smoking, nutrition, alcohol, physical activity and weight. When these targets are achieved, the chances of cardiovascular events recurring may be reduced by up to 80 percent.

The COACH Program is fully covered for Bupa members with hospital or hospital and extras cover. Members who might benefit from the program may be contacted by phone shortly after they have been discharged from hospital to let them know that The COACH Program is available if they wish to take up the service.

If you have recently been admitted to hospital for a heart attack, stroke or for peripheral vascular disease and would like to be contacted about whether you are eligible for this program, please complete the Member Health Support form.

For more information, see Bupa COACH Program brochure (PDF, 546Kb)

Disclaimer: The COACH Program works to support advice given to you by your doctor or hospital rehabilitation program. It is not a replacement for medical advice and you should consult your doctor or healthcare professional if you have any specific concerns before undertaking any major change to your diet or lifestyle. To the extent possible, Bupa excludes any liability for any loss or damage suffered as a result of any recommendations made or participation in The COACH Program.

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