ACU researchers star at cardiac conference

Published: Thursday 30th July 2015

ACU’s MacKillop Institute researchers will be out in force at Australia’s premier cardiac conference in Melbourne next month – showing how research excellence can make a life-saving difference to people’s lives.

ACU representatives will join world-renowned researchers, scientists, cardiovascular nurses, allied health professionals and other healthcare workers to present a large number of research abstracts at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSANZ).

The CSANZ is the chief advocacy group for the profession and aims to facilitate training, professional development and improve medical practice to enhance the quality of care for patients with cardiovascular disease.

MacKillop Institute director Professor Simon Stewart says ACU’s presence at this premier event reflects the Institute’s passion, expertise and the determination to make a difference in communities through research addressing today’s most pressing health challenges.

“The CSANZ conference is an important platform to showcase ACU’s research excellence – and especially how it makes a difference to disadvantaged communities,” Prof. Stewart said.

The depth and breadth of presentations, from senior researchers to those at the very beginning of their research career, is a true reflection of the MacKillop Institute as the home of dedicated researchers who want to make a difference and truly achieve that through research excellence.

ACU staff featuring at the CSANZ conference include:

Professor David Thompson will be a keynote speaker and will deliver the Cardiovascular Nursing Lecture

Dr Camilla Tuttle will share her expertise in her address, Heart failure in an Indigenous Australian population.

 Dr Yih Kai Chan will present two items, Estimating the current and future incidence and prevalence of heart failure in the Australian adult population and Increasing clinical and economic burden of heart failure among older Australians”

Ms Nittaya Srisuk will share information about a family-based education program for heart failure patients and carers in rural Thailand: a randomized controlled trial.

Assoc Prof Margarite Vale - A statewide telephone-based coaching program for reducing cardiovascular risk: the Queensland Health model – time to make it national?

Dr Jan Cameron - Psychometric testing of the Heart Failure Screening Tool (Heart-FaST).

Ms Natalie Emanuele - Dynamics of structured telephone support in a trial of hybrid face-to-face and remote follow-up of typically old and high risk individuals recently discharged from hospital with heart failure. 

Ms Lillian Bonney - The conundrum of multimorbidity in heart failure: Increased risk of 30-day readmission despite disease management. 

Dr Muhammad Aziz Rahman - A systematic review investigating smoking relapse in women hospitalised due to coronary heart disease, Exploring Aboriginal patients’ experiences of cardiac care at a major metropolitan hospital in Melbourne, Is there any gender difference in presentation, coronary intervention and outcomes of acute coronary syndrome patients in Victoria? Impact of comorbidities and gender on the use of coronary interventions in patients with high-risk non-ST-segment elevation acute coronary syndrome.