Monthly Updates - Feburary 2023

Dear SOLVE Network Family, 

Welcome to the Feburary edition of the SOLVE-CHD monthly updates 2023. This monthly e-newsletter will keep you up to date with the key progress of the SOLVE-CHD projects and provide updates on our events and initiatives. Simply 
email if you wish to share/add anything from your area that is directly/indirectly related to the SOLVE-CHD program. We would also strongly encourage you to share your research highlights and successes that is relevant to cardiac rehabilitation and secondary prevention with us so that we can celebrate your achievements with our network. 

Key Updates and Research Highlights

  • SOLVE-CHD Postgraduate Scholarship applications at Deakin University and University of Sydney are open 

  • SOLVE-CHD Inaugural Cardiac Rehabilitation Video Competition is now open, close on 27th Feburary! An online workshop will be held on 13th Feburary to provide practical guidiance and tips of how to make an easy video from scratch. Click the link to register now! 

  • We invite all cardiac rehabilitation practitioners in Australia to participate a short survey to collect information about your attitudes and practices around psychosocial wellbeing, healthy eating and the risk associated with heat waves. To take the survey click here

  • World Heart Federation Emerging Leadership Program is coming to Sydney this year 2023! Applications are now open, close on 28th Feb. Find out more here

  • Update your diary for 2023 NHMRC & MRFF grant opportunity dates - calendar is now available here 

  • ANZACT e-Peer Review Opportunity now open! Accepting EOI for any funding scheme! Sunday 12th February is the closing date to have your application reviewed by ANZACT Committee Members. Find out more here
Massive Congratulations to SOLVE-CHD Investigators Professors Clara Chow & Gemma Figtree for being recognised in Australia Day Honours 2023! Thanks for all of your contributions, dedications and leadership to our cardiovascular community! Extremely well deserved! 

More special congratulations goes out to the following SOLVE-CHD members:

  • Dr Clara Zwack, Dr Milad Haghani, Dr Matthew Hollings, Dr Ling Zhnag, Dr Sarah Gauci, Prof Robyn Gallagher & Prof Julie Redfern for their new publication in npj Digital Medicine, titled 'The evolution of digital health technologies in cardiovascular disease research'

  • Dr Georgia Chaseling for her new leadership role as committee member for NSW Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR) Committee

  • Prof Julie Redfern for her new role as member of the World Heart Federation Scientific Committee

  • Dr Dion Candelaria has had his PhD conferred

  • Deborah Mandani was awarded the International Student Tuition Fee Scholarship of $150,000 by the University of Sydney

  • Dr Ling Zhang received a new grant from University of Sydney China Studies Centre Individual Research Project Support Grant of $15,740 for her project Chinese speakers and education for heart problems

  • Dr Clara Zwack, Prof Julie Redfern & team or their new publication in International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, titled 'Information Needs and Communication Strategies for People with Coronary Heart Disease: A Scoping Review'

  • SOLVE-CHD Clinical Senior Lecturer, Dr Christian Verdicchio was recently being appointed as the CEO of Heart Support Australia 

    If you have any research achievements that you'd like to highlight in the SOLVE-CHD newsletter, email us at
SOLVE-CHD Project Spotlight 
Is a hybrid cardiac telerehabilitation approach cost-effective for cardiac patients in Australia?
Led by Dr Sameera Senanayake: The Australian Centre for Health Services Innovation (AusHSI), Queensland University of Technology
Cardiac rehabilitation is a holistic multidisciplinary program tailored to provide patients with cardiovascular disease with various supports including education, risk factor management, psychosocial care, eating healthy and exercise training. Conventional cardiac rehabilitation programs are centre-based under clinical supervision, with their safety and effectiveness well established. However, current programs remain underutilised world-wide with reported attendance rates as low as 18-40%. As such, alternate models of care are required to supplement centre-based programs to encourage increased participation, adherence and completion.
Telerehabilitation has garnered much attention for its potential to overcome some of the barriers of conventional centre-based cardiac rehabilitation. Implementation of fully tele-based cardiac rehabilitation programs however, comes with its own set of challenges including increased staff workload, as well as requirements for digital literacy, access to equipment, system infrastructure, and technological support. A possible alternative would be a hybrid approach where both centre-based and tele-based methods are combined to deliver cardiac rehabilitation to eligible patients. 
In the absence of randomised controlled trials with sustained follow-up, there has been increasing use of decision analytic models to determine the long-term costs and benefits of a health intervention. Decision analytic models integrate information from various sources into a single analytical framework and capture the variation of economic outcomes over a long period of time. Consequently, model-based economic evaluations provide better evidence for decision making than trial-based economic evaluations. Even though model-based economic evaluations are vital in identifying cost-effective interventions, none have assessed the long-term cost-effectiveness of a hybrid cardiac telerehabilitation program. Therefore, the objective of our study is to determine the long-term cost-effectiveness of a hybrid cardiac telerehabilitation in the context of implementation in the Australian setting.
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SOLVE-CHD Postgraduate Scholarships are now open
$32,000 per annum (up to 3 years) for Postgraduate/HDR students to undertake research in cardiac rehabilitation and secondary prevention field.

Other Events and Opportunities 

ANZACT accepts EOIs for any funding scheme (the earlier the better!) however we have timed this Peer Review Opportunity to align with the NHMRC Investigator Grant, which closes on 22nd March.  Our timeline has been planned to enable you to meet your institutional closing dates.

Sunday 12th February is the closing date to have your application reviewed by ANZACT Committee Members.

Be an ANZACT member - its free to join, Click Here.
Submit your EOI - Click Here
Successful EOIs will be reviewed by ANZACT Committee Members, who may choose to remain anonymous.  All reviewers have signed a Declaration of Confidentiality.
You will receive your Scientific and Consumer Reviewers Reports the week of 27 February.
Applications are now open for the Emerging Leaders Programme 2023, which will focus on digital health across cardiovascular diseases (such as Coronary Heart Disease, Atrial Fibrillation and Hypertension).
The 25 successful candidates will join a strong global community of more than 200 leaders in cardiovascular health. Candidates will participate in online training and a five-day seminar on 15-20 October 2023, hosted by the University of Sydney in partnership with the National Heart Foundation of Australia. Attendees will undertake collaborative group work based on proposals developed during the seminar, with seed funding support from WHF for selected applications.
How to apply
Create your user account on My WHF portal
 and manage your application in the dedicated section. The application must be submitted in English. Learn more about the application requirements and selection criteria here.

Apply by 28 February 
SOLVE-CHD will be supporting conference registration again - stay tuned!
Get your work ready for CSANZ & ANZET 2023 - abstract submission is now OPEN!

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