Monthly Updates - August 2021

Dear Colleague, 

Welcome to the August 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

SOLVE Researcher Spotlight August
Dr Ling Zhang
The University of Sydney
Dr Zhang is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Faculty of Medicine and Health, Sydney Nursing School. Ling is passionate about understanding and supporting patients who have cardiovascular disease throughout their recovery, enabling good self-management and reducing cardiovascular events recurrence through secondary prevention, particularly among people who have poor English language proficiency, inadequate health literacy and/or from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds (CALD). Her research is focused on improving access to cardiac rehabilitation services and health information among these at-risk populations by creating innovative health information tools and/or platforms tailored to their needs. 
She will address secondary prevention needs of CALD cardiac patients through a multi-method study combining patient insights, NSW-level cardiac rehabilitation data and assessment of a novel information strategy for SOLVE-CHD project.
Find out more about Dr Ling Zhang's research here 
SOLVE  Consumer Engagement Plan
Based on SOLVE Consumer Engagework Workshop held in July, a draft Consumer Engagement Plan was developed. The following activities were planned:
  • Two Consumer workshops per year (invited speakers and focus groups) SOLVE will reimburse costs for participants
  • Videos of consumer stories in collaboration with Heart Foundation (in progress) 
  • Promote SOLVE Network to relevant consumer groups
  • Consumer section on SOLVE website, quotes from consumer/patient representatives
  • Partnership with relevant projects/organisations  
  • Consumer representatives in SOLVE Advisory Committee
  • Share research project progress and outcome with Consumers
  • Specific training and resources will be available to build consumer capabilities in required areas, including advocacy and research

We look forward to fostering the exciting collaboration that will follow. Please encourage your colleagues that are interested in SOLVE Consumer Group to join our Network. 

Initial SOLVE Collaboration Projects 

National Data Capture Project 
SPAN (new NHFA Secondary Prevention Strategic Grant)
• Guardian Angel ( new MRFF Cardiovascular Mission Grant)
Economic evaluation of different models of care in CR
• CR Data scoping Activity in VIC 
Please click the link to read more about this 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-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 

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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