2022

Nicola Subverski, SOLVE-CHD Consumer Advisors shared her personal ‘HeartStory’ at The Morning Show

Mother of two, Nicola Surbveski, suffered a massive heart attack at the age of 38. Nicola underwent emergency surgery after doctors confirmed her heart attack. Alarmingly, 80% of her right coronary artery was blocked. Nicola had a second heart attack the night before her 40th birthday. While Nicola is thankful that she survived, she also experienced ‘cardiac blues’ following the major heart events. Until she joined the HF Supporting Young Hearts group, she was able to build rapid connections with her peers, buoyed by the easy rapport and share her story.

Now she is continuing to give back to the community by participating SOLVE-CHD Consumer engagement events and making valuable contributions to our research projects and many more. Read Nicola’s story here

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NEW Roadmap for Digital Health in Cardiology – World Heart Federation

SOLVE-CHD CI Prof Julie Redfern was on a panel of experts who developed the new World Heart Federation Roadmap for Digital Health in Cardiology. The Roadmap acts as a key reference document for policymakers, healthcare professionals, and patient advocates who are working to implement digital health strategies to drive meaningful change and reduce the burden of CVD in their communities. Read more about here
 

Read about Prof Jeroen Hendriks’ clinical trial benefiting atrial fibrillation patients in South Australia 

South Australians suffering from atrial fibrillation are benefiting from a clinical trial led by Flinders Caring Futures Institute researcher, Professor Jeroen Hendriks.
 
Atrial Fibrillation (AF) is the most common heart rhythm disorder. The Integrated Care (iCARE) AF trial based at the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) aims to reduce hospitalisations and deaths from the condition. 90 patients are currently involved in the trial, with four new nurses recently coming on board to help deliver the intervention at the RAH. The next step will be setting up clinics at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Flinders Medical Centre.
 
 

Support FMH’s cardiovascular research at World Heart Day – SOLVE team members’ research recognised 

The SOLVE team has been recognised for awards won at CSANZ and ACRA 2022.  
Read more about their achievements. 

Thursday 29 September, 12 – 1 PM
Level 5, Block K, Westmead Innovation Centre

Register your attendance by 5 PM Thursday 22 September >

In recognition of the world-leading cardiovascular research occurring at Westmead Hospital, you’re invited to join us in commemorating World Heart Day at our Western Health Precinct!

Hear from FMH researchers who are making and shaping the future of cardiovascular health and finding better ways to deliver cardiac care to patients. As part of this special event, you will also be served a catered lunch and have the opportunity and meet and mingle with your FMH colleagues.

Meet the team detecting heart disease before it strikes – led by SOLVE AI Prof Gemma Figtree

CAD Frontiers, an international research team led by cardiologist Professor Gemma Figtree. Professor Figtree and her team are working on a new approach to heart attack prevention that does not rely on risk factors and symptoms to predict an individual’s heart attack risk.

Read more here. 

Read this news article ‘New test to catch ‘silent’ cases of heart disease in Australia’ about Prof Gemma Figtree and team’s study of patients considered to be at low or medium risk of having a heart attack within five years. 

Read more here.

The SOLVE-CHD CSANZ Networking Dinner was held on Friday, 12th August at KOI Broadbeach, Gold Coast. We had 42 delegates joining us from across Australia. Our delegates included the senior leadership team, policy-makers, clinicians, allied health professionals, emerging leaders, early and mid-career researchers and PhDs showcasing the diversity and inclusion of the SOLVE-CHD community.  It was a wonderful evening full of fun & laughter, great food & drinks and more importantly new friendships and connections. We look forward to continuing the work with our amazing colleagues and community members to make a difference in cardiac rehabilitation and secondary prevention for all Australians!

SOLVE-CHD is proud to have offered 12 conference support scholarships for EMCRs and HDR Students to attend the 31st ACRA ASM. We are very pleased to hear that awardees enjoyed and benefited from the ASM! 

“Attending the 2022 ACRA ASM through a SOLVE-CHD Scholarship provided me the opportunity to get out of my comfort zone and achieve one of my professional development goals for the year- attending a conference ad sharing my network outside of my nutrition and dietetics discipline.” – Hannah Mayr, Metro South Hospital and Health Service

“I definitely learnt some valuable lessons here that I can implement in all parts of my clinical practice.” – Katrien Janssen, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne

“It was inspiring to hear about all the fantastic research in secondary prevention, which has motivated me with my own work as a SOLVE-CHD postdoctoral researcher… This was the first opportunity I have had to present this work in person for the last two and half years.” – Sarah Gauci, Deakin University

“Thanks to the generous scholarship from SOLVE-CHD I was supported to attend the ACRA 2022 ASM. This gave me the opportunity to network with peers, inspired ideas on future research projects, and made me reflect on how well (or not so well) our service compared to others.” – Vicki Paul, Nepean Hospital

Special Congratulations to the below SOLVE-CHD team members at the 31st ACRA ASM:

  • Prof Julie Redfern for delivering the Alan Goble Oration
  • Prof Robyn Gallagher for being awarded the Alan Goble Distinguished Service Merit Award
  • Dr Susie Cartledge for being awarded the Alan Goble Distinguished Service Award
  • Dr Emma Thomas for being awarded the SOLVE-CHD Early Career Researcher Prize in recognition of her outstanding presentation
  • Dr Susie Cartledge and Dr Ling Zhang for being finalists in the Research Prize Session
  • Dr Susie Cartledge for being award the Research Prize

Special Congratulations to the below SOLVE-CHD team members at the 70th CSANZ ASM:

  • Prof Julie Redfern for delivering the inaugural Allied Health and Technology Lecture
  • Robert Zecchin for delivering the Cardiovascular Nursing Lecture
  • Prof Clara Chow for successfully completing her term as President
  • Dr Matthew Hollings for being a finalist for Allied Health and Technology Prize Session
  • Dr Ling Zhang for being a finalist for Cardiovascular Nursing Research Prize Session
  • Dion Candelaria for being awarded the CSANZ Cardiovascular Nursing Council 2022 Rising Star Award
  • Dr Karice Hyun for being awarded the Heart, Lung and Circulation 2022 High Impact Award for Original Research
  • Dr Clara Zwack for being awarded the 2022 Allied Health Science and Technology New Investigator Best Poster Prize

Artificial intelligence pioneers fund next generation of researchers

The founders of global tech company Appen, Julia and Chris Vonwiller, will fund a $1 million acceleration of the University’s Digital Sciences Initiative (DSI). The gift will support renowned researcher (and SOLVE AI) Professor Gemma Figtree’s collaboration with the DSI in her quest to achieve the ‘holy grail’ of cardiac disease research – the discovery of blood-based biomarkers that indicate the earliest signs of heart disease.  Read more here.

[NEW PAPER] Cost-Effectiveness and Budget Impact Analysis of Implementing a 'Soft Opt-Out' System for Kidney Donation in Australia, published in Applied Health Economics and Health Policy (2022)

A huge congratulations to the below SOLVE-CHD team members on their recent leadership positions:

  • SOLVE Research Fellows Dr Matthew Hollings and Dr Clara Zwack, and SOLVE PhD Student Dion Candelaria are the CPC EMCR Committe members for 2022-2024
  • SOLVE AI Dr Karice Hyun, and Research Fellows Dr Matthew Hollings and Dr Clara Zwack are part of the EMCR Working group for NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in CAD
  • SOLVE Research Fellows Dr Matthew Hollings and Dr Clara Zwack are on the NSW/ACT ACRA Professional Development Committee
  • SOLVE AI Dr Karice Hyun and Research Fellow Dr Matthew Hollings are Executives of the CSANZ Allied Health, Science and Technology Council
  • SOLVE AI Dr Karice Hyun is the Chair of Professional Development Subcommitee at Westmead Hub EMCR Committee and an Associate Editior of npj Digital Medicine

Congratulations to Dr Sarah Gauci on her PhD completion - WELL DONE SARAH!

Read Dr Sarah Gauci’s article ‘An expert’s guide to brain-healthy cooking and eating’ for a guide on the pillars of health, good for the body, good for the brain foods, foods to avoid, practical tips and a daily guide to brain-healthy eating with receipes to follow!

 Read more here. 

[NEW PAPER] Biology, Bias, or Both? The Contribution of Sex and Gender to the Disparity in Cardiovascular Outcomes Between Women and Men, published in the Current Atherosclerosis Reports 2022

Read this new paper published by SOLVE Associate Research Fellow Dr Sarah Gauci and SOLVE investigators Prof Adrienne O’Neil, Dr Susie Cartledge, Prof Julie Redfern, Prof Robyn Gallagher and team titled ‘Biology, Bias, or Both? The Contribution of Sex and Gender to the Disparity in Cardiovascular Outcomes Between Women and Men’ published in the Current Atherosclerosis Reports 2022

 Read more here. 

[NEW PAPER] Sensitivity and specificity of 5 min cognitive screening tests in patients with acute coronary syndrome, published in the European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing

Read this new paper published by SOLVE investigators Prof Robyn Gallagher and Prof Adrian Bauman, and SOLVE PhD student Joseph Weddell, and team titled ‘Sensitivity and specificity of 5 min cognitive screening tests in patients with acute coronary syndrome’ published in the European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing

 Read more here. 

SOLVE-CHD to have a huge presense at CSANZ 2022 and ACRA Annual Scientific Meeting 2022 at the Gold Coast

  • Prof Julie Redfern to give the invited Allied Health, Science and Technology Lecture at CSANZ ASM, titled ‘Innovative interventions to improve secondary prevention for cardiovascular disease
  • Mr Rob Zecchin to give the invited Cardiovascular Nurse Lecture at CSANZ ASM, titled ‘In the Footsteps of Cardiovascular Giants. A Reflective Journey of Collaboration, Collegiality and Change as a Nurse Clinician-Researcher’
  • Dr Matthew Hollings and team whose abstract was accepted for the Allied Health and Technology Prize presentation at the CSANZ ASM
  • Dr Ling Zhang and team whose abstract was accepted for the Cardiovascular Nursing Research Prize presentation at the CSANZ ASM
  • Dr Susie Cartledge, Dr Ling ZhangDr Matthew HollingsDr Sarah GauciDion CandelariaRebecca RaesideDeborah Manandi and team whose abstracts were accepted for oral and poster presentations at the CSANZ ASM
  • Prof Julie Redfern to give the Alan Goble Oration Keynote Presentation titled ‘Learning from the past to move to the future of cardiac rehabilitation’
  • Prof Robyn Gallagher to deliver the SOLVE-CHD Workshop: Using Electronic Data in Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Dr Susie Cartledge, Dr Ling Zhang and team whose abstracts were accepted for the Clinical Prize Session presentation at the ACRA ASM
  • Dr Susie Cartledge, Dr Sarah Gauci and team whose abstracts were accepted for oral and poster presentations at the ACRA ASM
We look forward to these presentations and posters! 

[NEW PAPER] Trends and Predictors of Cardiac Rehabilitation Referral Following Percutaneous Coronary Intervention: A Prospective, Multi-Site Study of 41,739 Patients From the Victorian Cardiac Outcomes Registry (2017–2020) Heart, Lung and Circulation

Read this new paper published by Dr Susie Cartledge and team titled Trends and Predictors of Cardiac Rehabilitation Referral Following Percutaneous Coronary Intervention: A Prospective, Multi-Site Study of 41,739 Patients From the Victorian Cardiac Outcomes Registry (2017–2020) published in Heart, Lung and Circulation

 Read more here. 

[NEW PAPER] Barriers and Facilitators to Uptake and Attendance of Secondary Cardiac Prevention Programmes for Indigenous New Zealanders published in Journal of Cardiovascular Diseases

Read this new paper published by Geoff Kira titled Barriers and Facilitators to Uptake and Attendance of Secondary Cardiac Prevention Programmes for Indigenous New Zealanders published in the Journal of Cardiovascular Diseases 

 Read more here. 

Rebecca Raeside was awarded the 2022 CSANZ Research Scholarship

CONGRATULATIONS to Rebecca Raeside who was was awarded the 2022 CSANZ Research Scholarship! Read more about Rebecca’s project and her scholarship here. 

Lemma Bulto was awarded the Doctoral Research Medal award from the University of Adelaide

CONGRATULATIONS to Lemma Bulto who was presented with the Doctoral Research Medal award from the University of Adelaide for Outstanding Academic Achievement.

[NEW PAPER] Historical Context of Cardiac Rehabilitation: Learning From the Past to Move to the Future published in Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine

Read this new paper published by SOLVE investigators, Prof Julie Redfern, Prof Robyn Gallagher, Prof Adrienne O’Neil, Prof Adrian Bauman, Prof Garry Jennings, Prof David Brieger and Prof Tom Briffa.

 Read more here. 

Prof Jeroen Hendriks selected for induction into the Sigma Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame 2022 and has recently been appointed as Deputy Editor for the European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing

A HUGE Congratulations to Prof Hendriks who was inducted in the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame. This year marks the 13th presentation of the prestigious Hall of Fame honor. The 2022 inductees will join 238 previously inducted nurse researchers, all of whom have achieved significant and sustained national or international recognition and whose research has improved the profession of nursing and the people it serves. Read more here. 

Prof Jeroen Hendriks has recently been appointed Deputy Editor for the European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. 

2 NEW PAPERS by Research Fellow, Dr Clara Zwack.

SOLVE-CHD Research Fellow, Dr Clara Zwack has recently published two new papers:

1. Exploration of diet, physical activity, health knowledge and the cardiometabolic profile of young adults with intellectual disability, published in the Journal of Intellectual Disability Research. Click here to read more. 

2. Stress and social isolation, and its relationship to cardiovascular risk in young adults with intellectual disability, published in Disability Rehabilitation. Click here to read more. 

NSW Women of the year Award 2022

A HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to Professor Julie Redfern who was celebrated at the NSW Women of the year Awards for her research in heart health and work inspiring early career researchers.

Click here to read more

NHMRC Elizabeth Blackburn Investigator Grant Award

Another CONGRATULATIONS to Professor Julie Redfern who was presented with the NHMRC Elizabeth Blackburn Investigator Grant Award – Health Services (Leadership).                

Click here to read more

‘Doing your own research’ – what you need to know

Read this article by Prof Adrienne O’Neil, it provides 5 tips for ‘doing your own research’ and in turn increasing your chances of getting access to the latest advances in mental health research in a safe way. Read more here.

Spreading the word – why SciComm and nurses are a perfect match, especially during a pandemic

Read this article by Dr Susie Cartledge, talking about the role of nurses in providing health education to the community, especially during a pandemic. Click here to read more. 

CPC New Research Node: SOLVE-CHD

In 2021, SOVLVE-CHD has officially become a new research node at Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney: Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Rehabilitation led by Prof Julie Redfern.

The SOLVE CHD multidisciplinary initiative is closely in-line with the CPC research strategy which will address identified major gaps in secondary prevention space of cardiovascular disease.SOLVE CHD will be able to build capacity through a range of programs, offer training, mentoring, co-funding and educational opportunities to CPC and USYD Community.

The new SOLVE CHD Node will combine with the previous “Preventive Cardiology Node”  to provide a more expanded version now that Prof Robyn Gallagher and Prof Julie Redfern have been successful with a NHMRC Synergy grant to support this area of work. Click here to read more

Such data falls into the cardio-metabolic area so there is a great potential that our work could be shared in other CPC Project Nodes such as Digital solutions in cardiovascular diseases prevention as well as Wireless Wellbeing, Physical Activity and Energy Expenditure, and Health Literacy. We also believe the node integrates across Population and Solutions Domains of the CPC.

FIRST EVER ESC Textbook of Cardiovascular Nursing

SOLVE-CHD CI Prof Robyn Gallagher co-authored 3 chapters (Chapter 11. Cardiovascular prevention and rehabilitation; Chapter 13. Patient Education and communication; Chapter 15. Looking forward: the future of cardiovascular care) in the European Society of Cardiology’s first Textbook of Cardiovasular Nursing. 

SOLVE-CHD Stakeholder Prof Jeroen Hendriks co-authored Chapter 7. Care of the patient with cardiac arrhythmias. 

Click here to read these chapters

 

                                                        YouTube Interview by Dr Christian Verdicchio 

Christian Verdicchio was interviewed by MyCareChannel to talks about cardiac rehab and exercise and lifestyle in patients with AF and heart disease at Day of Hearts, Valentine’s Day Special, view the full interview here. 

2 NEW PAPERS by PhD Candiate, Dion Candelaria!

SOLVE-CHD PhD Candiate, Dion Candelaria, published two new papers:

1. Remote-delivered cardiac rehabilitation during COVID-19: a prospective cohort comparison of health-related quality of life outcomes and patient experience, published in the European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. Click here to read more. 

2. Validation of the PROMIS-29v2 Health-Related Quality-of-Life Questionnaire in Patients With Coronary Heart Disease Participating in Remote Cardiac Rehabilitation, published in the Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention. Click here to read more. 

Navigating the Online World of Lifestyle Health Information: Qualitative Study With Adolescents.

SOLVE-CHD PhD Student, Rebecca Raeside, recently published a new paper in JMIR Pedaitrics and parenting titled: Navigating the Online World of Lifestyle Health Information: Qualitative Study With Adolescents. Click here to read more. 

Australian Stroke & Heart Research Accelerator (ASHRA) Director, SOLVE AI Professor Clara Chow

Congratulations to Professor Clara Chow who was appointed as the Director of the newly established research center, Australian Stroke & Heart Research Accelerator. ASHRA has been awarded $10 million over four years through the Australian Government’s Medical Research Future Fund. Click here to read more.

TOP 10 articles downloaded from Heart, Lung and Circulation during 2021

Dr Karice Hyun’s paper titled Gender Difference in Secondary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease and Outcomes Following the Survival of Acute Coronary Syndrome was one of the top 10 articles downloaded from  Heart, Lung and Circulation during 2021. Click here to read more.