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Dr Susie Cartledge has recently published a new paper in the European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing titled: Telehealth is here to stay but not without challenges: a consultation of cardiac rehabilitation clinicians during COVID-19 in Victoria, Australia. Click here to read more. 

A huge congratulations to SOLVE CIA Professor Julie Redfern for being awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Mentoring and Leadership!!!

Another big congratulations to Professor Robyn Gallagher was appointed as the Precinct Academic Director Nursing/Pharmacy for Northern Sydney Local Health District, Faculty of Medicine and Health at the University of Sydney

Congratulations to SOLVE CI Professor Adrienne O’Neil for being promoted to Level E Professorship and appointed as the Co-director of the Food Mood Centre at Deakin University

A massive congratulations to SOLVE CHD AI Dr Karice Hyun who was appointed the Big Data Lead for the Cardiovascular Initiative, University of Sydney

Congratulations to SOLVE CHD Senior Clinical Lecturer Dr Christian Verdicchio for being appointed as the European Association of Preventative Cardiology (EAPC) Young Ambassador for Australia 

Dr Christina Verdicchio’s Radio Interview with Dr Ross Walker on Healthy Living: talking about our Heart Wellness Program & research in AF & exercise. Click here to listen

SOLVE CHD PhD Scholarship Recipient Mr Dion Candelaria has recently published a new paper on Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention titled: Shorter Wait Times to Cardiac Rehabilitation Associated With Greater Exercise Capacity Improvements

Congratulations Dion, also for being awarded the Best Oral Presentation Award at Singapore Prevention & Cardiac Rehabilitation Symposium (SPCRS 2021)

Dion was also awarded the Paulette Isabel Jones Postgraduate Research Completion Scholarship. 

Congratulations to Prof Julie Redfern at the University of Syndey for being awarded the NHMRC Investigator Grant $2.87m for Modernising cardiac rehabilitation and secondary prevention of heart disease

Congratulations to A/Prof Adrienne O’Neil at Deakin University for being awarded the NHMRC Emerging Leadership Investigator Grant $1.567M to lead a five-year project Translating lifestyle-based mental health care into practice. Click here to read more. 

Congratulations to Dr Matthew Hollings for being appointed as the Co-lead for the Cardiovascular Initiative Implementation and Policy pipeline at the University of Sydney and the Academic Board Member at the University of Sydney.

Dr Hollings also won the EMCR People’s Choice Award at The HEART Pitch hosted by the National Heart Foundation and NSW CVRV on 17th September – Well done Matt!!!

Congratulations to A/Prof Adrienne O’Neil for being awarded the 2021 Victorian Young Tall Poppy Award for her innovative, high community impact research in mental and cardiovascular health. Read full article

Radio Interview: A/Prof Adrienne O’Neil with Ross and Russel re Victorian researchers test whether we can eat and exercise ourselves into good mental health for her CLAM Trial. Click here to listen

Congratulations to SOLVE CI Prof Robyn Gallagher, one of 225 distinguished nurse leaders worldwide inducted into the 2021 Class of Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing for significant contributions to health & health care! Such an outstanding achievement!

Congratulations to SOLVE CI Emeritus Prof Adrian Bauman for the award of Order of Australia (AO) in the Queens Birthday Honours list for his distinguished services to public health, prevention of chronic disease, and tertiary education!


SOLVE CHD: Transforming post-hospital care for people with heart disease

Sydney researchers and clinicians have been awarded an inaugural $5 million National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Synergy Grant for a project that will reform cardiac rehabilitation and care for people with heart disease.

The grant was awarded to the project: Solving the long-standing evidence-practice gap associated with cardiac rehabilitation and secondary prevention of coronary heart disease (SOLVE-CHD). The goal of the project is to modernise after-hospital care, provide the best quality support to more patients and reduce the number of people who die or have to be readmitted to the hospital. Read full article