Monthly Updates - September 2021

Dear Colleague, 

Welcome to the September edition of the SOLVE-CHD monthly updates. 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. Please
email Julia  ( if you wish to share/add anything from your area that is directly/indirectly related to the SOLVE-CHD program.

  Key Updates

It has been a big month at SOLVE, we'd like to share some exciting news with you all! 
  • Congratulations to Prof Julie Redfern at the University of Syndey for being awarded the NHMRC Level 2 Investigator Grant of $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 Level 2 Investigator Grant of $1.56M to lead a five-year project Translating lifestyle-based mental health care into practice
  • Congratulations to A/Prof Adrienne O’Neil for being awarded the 2021 Victorian Young Tall Poppy Awards for her innovative, high community impact research in mental and cardiovascular health

  • Congratulations to Prof Gemma Figtree for being appointed as the commissioner of The Lancet women and cardiovascular disease commission to provide recommendations on how to reduce the burden of the disease – which is the leading cause of death among women

  • SOLVE is excited to have a new Associate Research Fellow, Sarah Gauci joining us this month at Deakin University, welcome Sarah! 

  • A number of SOLVE Collaboration Projects have commenced, to find out more details check out SOLVE website 

  • Applications for SOLVE PhD Scholarship at the University of Sydney are open 

  • Upcoming Events:
    1. ACRA-TAS Annual Seminar: Double Trouble - Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease, Friday 1st Oct 2021  

    2. ACRA-WA Workshop - Future-proofing your cardiac rehabilitation service, Friday 22nd Oct 2021 

SOLVE Researcher Spotlight September
Dr. Matthew Hollings 
Dr. Matthew Hollings is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with SOLVE-CHD and is based at the School of Health Sciences, University of Sydney.  He is passionate about using his background in exercise physiology in the secondary prevention of cardiovascular events with a specific interest in increasing the quality and uptake of exercise and physical activity in cardiovascular populations. His research is broadly focused on the importance of strength and fitness across the lifespan, and in the coming years is hoping to focus more specifically on implementation strategies so more patients can access the well-known benefits of exercise and physical activity. 
Matt has been a great addition to the SOLVE Team, he has recently been appointed as the co-leader of the Cardiovascular Initiative Implementation and Policy Pipeline at the University of Sydney, and also won the EMCR People’s Choice Award at 'HEART Pitch' hosted by the National Heart Foundation and NSW CVRN last week, well done Matt! 
Find out more about Dr Matthew Hollings research here 

SOLVE Collaboration Projects 

Please check out SOLVE Website to find out about our initial round of projects, we are talking to various groups at the moment for more project opportunities. If you are also interested in collaborating with SOLVE and have a potential project in mind, please email
SOLVE PhD Scholarships are now open at the University of Sydney, with Deakin and UWA's to follow. Please forward the links to your network and help spread the word. 
PhD Scholarships USYD 

ACRA-TAS Annual Seminar 

What: Double Trouble – Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease 
NB: Prof Tom Briffa will be talking about SOLVE-CHD National Data Capture Initiative and survey collection 
When: 10 am – 3 pm, Friday 1 October 2021 
where: in-person and virtual 
Cost: member for free and non-member $40 (in person) $35 (virtual)
Click here for more info and the registration form

ACRA-WA Workshop  

What: Future proofing your cardiac rehabilitation service, the workshop will be discussing Cardiac Rehabilitation Quality Indicators, SOLVE-CHD and sharing your education tips
When: 12:30pm -3:30pm, Friday 22nd Oct 2021
Where: At the University of WA Nedland Campus 
Cost: ACRA-WA members free
$50 to non-members (waived if joining ACRA at this event)
RSVP: by 17/10/21 to Nikki Strahan 
Click here for the flyer 

World Heart Day 2021

Use heart to connect
The World Heart Federation is hosting World Heart Day on 29 September 2021
One of the goals for this year will be harnessing the power of digital health to improve awareness, prevention, and management of CVD globally is our goal for Word Heart Day 2021. Telehealth has a huge role to play as we continue to Use Heart To Beat CVD. Learn more.

Seeking Volunteer Leaders 

Our friend Heart Support Australia is seeking a Peer Support Volunteer Leader in Orange and Goulbourn. This is a great opportunity to connect with a group of people with heart diseases and provide the best support to each other. If you would like further information on becoming a Peer Support Group Leader please contact Heart Support Australia Phone 02 6253 0097 or email 

Other PhD Scholarship Opportunities in CVD Research

Two PhD Scholarships for a 2021 start at the University of Sydney
The research is by supported by an NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence, an NHMRC Partnership Project, and an MRFF Frontiers Grant. If you have any questions, please contact Research Program Manager, Dr Zara Ali, 

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