Cardiac Rehabilitation (Program)

Available through
Face to Face

Useful Management Information

  • The Cardiac Rehabilitation delivers an exercise and education service to post-acute cardiac patients and high risk clients requiring risk factor modification education who have exhausted their Team Care arrangements.
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation operates 5 days per week from 0700 – 1600 Monday to Friday.
  • The Cardiac Rehabilitation program offers a comprehensive cardiac assessment, case management and education delivered both face-to-face and virtually
  • The exercise program consists of 4-6 weeks of supervised exercise and offers a multi-disciplinary approach in improving survival post after an acute cardiovascular event.
  • Referrals for ongoing care for a chronic condition are not eligible
  • We are unable to accept WorkCover patients.

Are you referring to the right service?

  • Adults over the age of 18 years
  • Post acute cardiac event patients


  • Please indicate whether the following pre-requisite investigations have been undertaken in order for this referral to be processed and attach results:
  • FBC, lipids, EFTS, HbA1C
  • Please attach medication list
  • In addition, please also attach any investigation results you consider to be relevant, including coronary angiography, myocardial perfusion scan, echocardiography and/or exercise stress test results.


  • Medically stable post myocardial infarction (>2-3 weeks post NSTEMI; 3-4 weeks post STEMI); with or without Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI)
  • PTCA elective intervention (>2weeks post PCI)
  • Stable angina
  • CABG surgery (>4 weeks post CABG)
  • Valvular surgery (> 4weeks post surgery)
  • Pacemaker and ICD insertion (>4 weeks post surgery)
  • Stable cardiomyopathy
  • Heart transplant (>4 weeks post surgery
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • High risk factor profile

Minimum Referral Criteria

Category 3
(Contact within 6-14 working days)

  • Hospital discharges following an acute cardiovascular event.
  • One or more risk factors of cardiovascular disease:- smoking, unhealthy weight, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, depression and social isolation, diabetes, physical inactivity, chronic stress.

If your patient does not meet the minimum referral criteria

  • Assessment and management information may be found on a range of conditions at HealthPathways
  • If the patient does not meet the criteria for referral but the referring practitioner believes the patient requires specialist review, a clinical override may be requested:
    • Please explain why (e.g. warning signs or symptoms, clinical modifiers, uncertain about diagnosis, etc.)
  • Please note that your referral may not be accepted or may be redirected to another service

Out of Scope Services

The following conditions are out of scope for this service:

  • Residents of an aged care facility
  • Cognitive impairment

Out of Catchment

Gold Coast Health is responsible for providing public health services to the people who reside within its boundaries. Special consideration is made for patients requiring tertiary services or for services that are not provided by their local hospital and health service district. If your patient lives outside the Gold Coast Health catchment area and you wish to refer them to one of our services, please indicate relevant medical or social information that will assist with the processing of your referral.


Please note that where appropriate and where available, the referral may be streamed to an associated public allied health and/or nursing service. Access to some specific services may include initial assessment and management by associated allied health and/or nursing, which may either facilitate or negate the need to see the public medical specialist.

  • A change in patient circumstance (such as condition deteriorating or becoming pregnant) may affect the urgency categorisation and should be communicated as soon as possible.
  • Please indicate in the referral if the patient is unable to access mandatory tests or investigations as they incur a cost or are unavailable locally.
  • If your patient consents to telehealth, please indicate in the body of the referral.

Patient Must Bring

  • Medicare Card
  • Current medication list
  • Relevant X-rays, scans and reports
  • Reading glasses
Last updated 18 January 2024

Send Referrals To

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Send to: Gold Coast Health Service District

Internal Referrals

Not Available


(07) 5687 4497


Booking and Referral Centre
Gold Coast University Hospital
1 Hospital Boulevard
Southport QLD 4215


1300 559 083

Service Availability


Helensvale Community Health Centre
Robina Health Precinct

If you would like to send a named referral, please address it to the specialist listed above, who will allocate a suitably qualified specialist to see the patient. Alternatively, you can view a full list of our specialists.

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