Uncontrolled blood pressure in Australia: a call to action

Aletta E Schutte, Garry Jennings and Markus Schlaich
Med J Aust 2022; 216 (9): . || doi: 10.5694/mja2.51498
Published online: 16 May 2022

In reply: We have recently published a call to action to improve uncontrolled blood pressure in Australia.1 In this call we recognise that raised blood pressure/hypertension affects one‐third of adults in the country, and only a staggeringly low 32% of those with high blood pressure have it under control.2 Although we did not distinguish between high risk groups in our call to action, we strongly support the Letter to the Editor by Bailie and colleagues3 pointing out that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (hereafter referred to respectfully as Indigenous) people have a higher prevalence of raised blood pressure than non‐Indigenous Australians in every age group. It is thus no surprise that Indigenous Australians are disproportionately affected by cardiovascular disease as a leading cause of death. There are many reasons for this disparity, with one of the gaps highlighted by Bailie and colleagues being clinician treatment inertia in these communities. This refers to the situation where blood pressure‐lowering treatment is not initiated or intensified despite uncontrolled blood pressure, and has been proven to play a significant role in the low rate of hypertension control seen in many countries.4

  • Aletta E Schutte1
  • Garry Jennings2
  • Markus Schlaich3

  • 1 University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW
  • 2 National Heart Foundation of Australia, Melbourne, VIC
  • 3 Dobney Hypertension Centre, University of Western Australia, Perth, WA


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