SOLVE Researcher Spotlight September
Prof. Tom Briffa
University of Western Australia
Prof Tom Briffa is an experienced cardiovascular health researcher who specialises in epidemiology, health services and data linkage and an exercise physiologist. His research (>130 publications, cited across 87 countries) has led to a paradigm shift that has improved outcomes for survivors of suspected heart attacks through adoption of evidence-based guidelines and national monitoring of cardiovascular events, mortality and behaviour.
Prof Briffa has devoted more than 25 years to examining trends and models of care in cardiovascular disease treatment and management in Australia. His research targets the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease and its translation into practice. He works with a network of dynamic health professionals globally from his base at the University of Western Australia. He was a founding member of state, national and international associations for cardiac rehabilitation and has held a variety of honorary positions with the peak health agencies.
Prof Tom Briffa and team have recently been awarded $1M Strategic Grant from The Heart Foundation for the Secondary Prevention project SPAN: Assisted self-management to prevent new life-threatening events for all in need after a heart attack