Monthly Updates - December 2021

Dear Colleague, 

Welcome to the December 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. 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 

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

  • SOLVE CHD National Cardiac Rehabilitation Data Capture Project has been making great progress

  • If you are also interested in collaborating with SOLVE and have a potential project in mind, we want to hear from you! Contact us via email for more information 

  • Upcoming SOLVE plans for 2022

  • Click to view SOLVE new video: Solving the Conorary Heart Disease 'Puzzle' 

    A special Congratulations goes out to the following people:

    SOLVE CHD CI Prof Julie Redfern for being awarded the USYD Vice-Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Mentoring and Leadership

    SOLVE CHD CI Adrienne O'Neil for being promoted to Level E Professorship and appointed as the Co-director of the Food Mood Centre at Deakin Universit

    SOLVE CHD CI Prof Robyn Gallagher for being appointed as the Precinct Academic Director Nursing/Pharmacy for Northern Sydney Local Health District, Faculty of Medicine and Health at the University of Sydney  

    SOLVE CHD AI Dr Karice Hyun, Big Data Lead for the Cardiovascular Initiative, University of Sydney

    SOLVE CHD PhD candidate Dion Candelaria for being awarded the Paulette Isabel Jones Postgraduate Research Completion Scholarship 

    Well done to all!
SOLVE Researcher Spotlight December
Dion Candelaria
University of Sydney
Mr. Candelaria is a Registered Nurse with extensive clinical experience in cardiothoracic and coronary care nursing. He was also a Research Associate at the Sydney Quality of Life Office at The University of Sydney where he developed a deeper understanding of the conceptual underpinnings and the practical application of patient-reported outcomes (PROs) and health-related quality of life (HRQL). He is currently completing his PhD, which focuses on understanding health-related quality of life outcomes from different models of cardiac rehabilitation (CR), particularly remote delivery during COVID-19 pandemic. His research will inform patient-centred quality improvement initiatives to improve patient outcomes and promote equitable access to CR. He is awarded the SOLVE CHD PhD Scholarship and successful in obtaining the Paulette Isabel Jones Postgraduate Research Completion Scholarship from The University of Sydney. 
He has published several peer-reviewed articles on patient outcomes in CR and has won prizes and awards such as the Cardiovascular Nursing Prize at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSANZ) 2020 and recently, Best Oral Presentation at the Singapore Prevention and Cardiac Rehabilitation Symposium (SPCRS) 2021. He aims to submit his PhD thesis in mid-2022 and plans to pursue a research career.  

  Find out more about Dion Candelaria's research here

SOLVE National CR Data Capture Project

The project has been making great progress, thanks to all states' campaigns and cardiac rehab coordinators, to date, 281 cardiac rehab services around Australia have completed the survey (70% of all services). We are aiming to reach 80% by end of 2021. We will be hosting a workshop with jursidcitions in Feb 2022 to feedback with results and discuss next steps in implementing the National CR Transformative Data Platform.
Please visit our website for more information or email
SOLVE CHD Upcoming Plans for 2022
  • Continue capacity building with the focus on EMCRs 
  • More collaborative projects that are closely aligned with the aim of SOLVE-CHD will be funded
  • Travel Grants will be available and face to face meetings/social events will be held as COVID-19 suitation ease
  • SOLVE first Annual report will be produced
  • SOLVE Project Progress/Showcase Workshop will be held
  • More consumer engagement activities including video and stories plus links to projects
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 
Merry Christmas from the SOLVE-CHD Team
As we approach the end of a very challenging year, the SOLVE-CHD team would like to wish you a great holiday season!
Thank you for your continued support and partnership in 2021.
We look forward to working with you in 2022! 

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