Monthly Updates - June 2022

Dear Colleague, 

Welcome to the June edition of the SOLVE-CHD monthly updates 2022. 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 highlights 

  • SOLVE-CHD PhD Scholarship application at Deakin University is still open, date extended, check out now! 

  • SOLVE-CHD Postgraduate Scholarship application at the University of Sydney is open, we are currently seeking potential candidates to undertake research in heat and cardiovascular health, please email to find out more

  • Another SOLVE-CHD Consumer Review Workshop was held on 21st June - read researcher's experiences on how they found this feedback from consumers useful for their grant application here

  • SOLVE-CHD is proud to offer conference support for EMCRs and HDR Students to attend the ACRA 2022 Annual Scientific Meeting, 12 full scholarships were awarded to ACRA members ($600) and students ($450) to attend the 2022 ASM at the Gold Coast - watch this space for the successful awardees

  • The ICCPR CRFC Scholarship funded by SOLVE-CHD we have received 29 applications from over 10 low- and-middle income countries, we are very pleased to support 22 of them to attend the CRFC training program and help to augment capacity for cardiac rehabilitation (CR) delivery around the globe

  • Congratulations to our lovely friend and colleague Kerry Doyle, the Executive Director of ACvA, who was awared an Order of Australia Medal for her distinguished service and support in the area of medical research as well as work with the Cambodian Children's Fund

  • Congratulations to Sherrie Chung, Dion Candelaria and Prof Robyn Gallagher for their new publication Women's Health-Related Quality of Life Substantially Improves With Tailored Cardiac Rehabilitation: A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW AND META-ANALYSIS

  • Congratulations to Prof Robyn Gallagher, Prof Adrian Bauman, Emma Zhao, Joseph Weddle and team for another publication Sensitivity and specificity of 5 min cognitive screening tests in patients with acute coronary syndrome 
  • Special Congratulations to our lovely colleague and friend Dr Emma Thomas and family for welcoming their little girl Olive Thomas Farrar, born 15th June 2022. All the best to your new journey of motherhood, enjoy every moment of it! 
The SOLVE-CHD Team will have a great presence at upcoming ACRA ASM and CSANZ ASM in August 2022.

Special congratulations goes to the following people and we are looking forward to catching up in person with you all in Gold Goast! 

      Well done to all!
  • Mr Rob Zecchin to give the invited Cardiovascular Nurse Lecture,  titled 'In the Footsteps of Cardiovascular Giants. A Reflective Journey of Collaboration, Collegiality and Change as a Nurse Clinician-Researcher'

  • Prof Julie Redfern to give the invited Allied Health, Science and Technology Lecture, titled 'Innovative interventions to improve secondary prevention for cardiovascular disease'
  • Dr Matthew Hollings and team whose abstract was accepted for the Allied Health and Technology Prize presentation 

  • Dr Ling Zhang and team whose abstract was accepted for the Cardiovascular Nursing Research Prize presentation 

  • Dr Susie Cartledge, Dr Ling ZhangDr Matthew HollingsDr Sarah GauciDion CandelariaRebecca RaesideDeborah Manandi and team whose abstracts were accepted for oral and poster presentations 
  • 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 

  • Dr Susie Cartledge, Dr Sarah Gauci and team whose abstracts were accepted for oral and poster presentations 
SOLVE-CHD Researcher Spotlight June
Mr Robert Zecchin RN MN (Cardiac)
 NUM-Cardiac Rehabilitation Services Western Sydney LHD, Australian Cardiovascular Health and Rehabilitation Association (NSW/ACT) and School of Nursing, Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney

Robert Zecchin is an experienced cardiology nurse of 37 years, as well as a clinician researcher at WSLHD, mostly in cardiac rehabilitation. Robert Zecchin has been involved in the publication of 3 book chapters, 31 peer reviewed research journal articles and more than 100 abstracts in leading cardiology journals including Lancet, American Journal of Cardiology, European Heart Journal-Acute Cardiovascular Care, Circulation-Arrhythmia Electrophysiology, Heart Lung and Circulation, European Journal of Preventative Cardiology, Heart and Lung-The Journal of Cardiopulmonary and Acute Care,  Journal of Woman’s Health, Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention. He has presented his research regularly and is invited to present his work at prestigious international and national conferences including the American Heart Association, European Society of Cardiology, the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSANZ) and the Australian Cardiovascular Health and Rehabilitation Association (ACRA). He is the invited 2022 Cardiovascular Nursing Lecturer for the CSANZ Scientific Conference at the Gold Coast.
He is the President of ACRA (NSW/ACT). His expertise in the field of cardiac rehabilitation is recognised in Australia by being awarded the ACRA Alan Goble Distinguished Service Award in 2021. He has also contributed to the development of CSANZ standards for exercise stress testing nationally. He currently is a member of the National Cardiac Rehabilitation Measurement Taskforce and Chair of the NSW CR Data Working Group as well as an Associate Investigator on the 5-year $5million NHMRC SOLVE-CHD grant focussing on cardiac rehabilitation quality and NSW state-wide Cardiac Rehabilitation quality improvement initiatives. 
Are you a research supervisor, mentor or nurse manager? 
Nominate outstanding nurses who are Honours candidates, PhD candidates or Early Career Nurse Researchers for two Cardiovascular Nursing Research Rising Star Awards, or nominate Registered Nurse or Nurse Practitioner for one Cardiovascular Nursing Clinical Innovation Award, each to the value of A$500
Closing date: Friday, 8 July 2022 
Recovery after a heart attack is hard. You have new medications to take and need to build your strength back. But what happens if your memory fails too? Emma Zhao’s research explores the connection between the heart and memory after a heart attack. We talk about how patients and doctors can detect memory problems early so there’s better chance of recovery.
Listen to learn about Emma's research on mild cognitive impairment (CI) in acute coronary syndrome (ACS) patients. 
This podcast is hosted by the We've Done the Research, produced by Dr Anna Singleton and SOLVE-CHD PhD Candidate Rebecca Raeside
Click to Listen

Invitiation to co-design a community-based cardiac rehabilitation program for Chinese migrants

in Australia 

If you are a cardiologist, nurse, or allied health practitioner, working in Australia and have been involved directly in #cardiacrehab, you are invited to co-design a #cardiacrehab program for Chinese migrants in Australia. Read more here.
Interest in participating in this study? For more information, please contact NICM Health Research Institute Study Chief Investigator, Dr Guoyan Tang.
P: +61 2 9685 4732
M: +61 421 718 592

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