Monthly Updates - March 2022

Dear Colleague, 

Welcome to the March 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 Researcher Spotlight March
Rosy Tirimacco 
Integrated Cardiovascular Clinical Network South Australia (iCCnet SA) 
Rosy Tirimacco is the Operations and Research Manager of the Integrated Cardiovascular Clinical Network South Australia (iCCnet SA). iCCnet SA supports rural and remote physicians and nurses to deliver evidenced-based cardiac care to country patients regardless of location or facilities available. Rosy has extensive experience in implementing and running point-of-care testing (PoCT) in hospitals and general practice. Her Major research interests include integration of POCT into clinical care pathways, supporting patients with chronic disease and COVID outside of hospital and the development of electronic real time clinical databases.
She is currently the chair of the Australasian Association of Clinical Biochemists Point of Care Testing Working Committee, was the inaugural chair of the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (IFCC) PoCT  committee and project manager of the Australian Point of Care Practitioner’s Network, and the Chair of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Alliance.
Under Rosy’s leadership, her team in South Australia has been playing a vital role in SOLVE-CHD National Data Capture Project to support this transformative change in Cardiac Rehabilitation and Secondary Prevention nationally.
SOLVE-CHD Consumer Review Workshop 
SOLVE-CHD first Consumer Review Workshop was held on 22nd March via zoom. A number of researchers who are preparing for the Heart Foundation Research Funding 2022 presented their projects in lay languages to a panel of consumers with lived experience of heart disease and received instant and geniune comments from them. 
Rsearchers have found the feedback were extremely helpful. They will respond to the consumer's input in their proposals and were also reminded how such involvement from consumers will be ongoing throughout the life of the project. SOLVE-CHD is aiming to offer more similar workshops to help and give guidiance to more researchers within the Network with consumer involvement in project design and concept from early stages. 
Special thanks to our valuable Consumer Advisory Group members: Nicola, Sarah, Darren and Keith for sharing their personal experience and thoughtful comments with us in supporting cardoviscular disease and our community as a whole. We look forward to contiuning our partnership and consumer involvement in the near future! 

ICCPR Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Foundations Certifications (ICCPR CRFC): Scholarship Opportunity funded by SOLVE-CHD is now open 

The International Council of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (ICCPR) brings together national cardiac rehabilitation associations from across the globe to estalish cardiovascular prevention and rehabilitation as an obligatory and to support both low-to-middle and high-income countries to establish and augment, respectively, programs of cardiovascular prevention and rehabilitation (adapted to local needs and conditions) to ensure broader access to thse proven services. 
ICCPR developed the Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Foundations Certification (CRFC) to educate students and practitioners on how to deliver the core cardiac rehabilitation components according to ICCPRs consensus statement on cardiac rehabilitation in low-resource settings. This is a fantastic opportunity for health care providers to receive certification in cardiovascular rehabilitation!
Deadline: 29th May 2022

Upcoming Events and Funding Opportunities

A new initiative for CVRN - a monthly seminar series hosted and presented by EMCRs, The line-up of speakers and topics will represent the depth and breadth of CVD research in NSW across CVRN member organisations. These seminars will be held as hybrid events on the first Monday of each month over lunch.
April Session: Monday 4th April 12:30pm Understanding our Heart - From Cell Biology to Screening with Dr Jessica Orchard and Dr Michael Huang

International Collaboration to tackle cardiovascular disease 6th April 2022 6-7pm

This is part of the 3-day public health symposium organised by the AFRAN to celebrate World Health Day on 7th April. 
This event will discuss how international collaboration can be leveraged to address cardiovascular disease, as well as the opportunities for collaboration between Australia and French reserchers. Click to find out more for free registration 

Applications are now open for the Heart Foundation Vanguard Grant and PhD Schoalrship!

Key Dates
Applications open: 28 March 2022
Applications close: 6 May 2022
Successful applicants notified: October 2022
More details:    Vanguard Grant      PhD Scholarship 

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