Oxidised LDL cholesterol has been implicated in the development of heart disease however testing for it is currently unavailable in Australia. It has been shown through scientific studies that measuring and understanding the level of oxidised LDL cholesterol can be a better predictor of a person's risk of developing heart disease than the current suite of cholesterol tests available in Australia.
Testing oxidised LDL cholesterol levels will allow health practitioners and their patients to more accurately determine the risk of developing heart disease. This will enable better informed choices about whether or not pharmaceutical treatment, diet and/or lifestyle changes are required.
- Minister for Health
The Honorable Tanya Plibersek
- Leader of the Opposition
The Honorable Tony Abbott
- The Honorable Peter Dutton
- Australian Federal Parliament Members
We ask that you make available in Australia testing for oxidised LDL cholesterol. In addition, we request that it be made available as a test covered by Medicare.
The inclusion of this test will provide a valuable diagnostic tool that will improve heart disease risk assessment for all Australians.
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