#CSANZ2021 – Update to the ASM in August

Early Bird Registrations have been extended | Closing Monday 21 June 2021

The CSANZ Annual Scientific Meeting 2021 and ANZET Meeting 2021 is now less than 2 months away!  It is terrific to see how many of you who have already registered, thank you.

We appreciate there are still uncertainties regarding travel, please view video message from ASM Convenor, Prof David Brieger, outlining the current arrangements for the Meeting and plans, should you be affected by Government imposed travel restrictions, prior to the Meeting.

We hope the following information will remove any concerns and allow you to register with confidence. 

Click Link to view video:  https://vimeo.com/559756982/df4470da24

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Doctors support Medicare changes – “The Australian”

This clipping is from the June 9 issue of The Australian Digital Edition. To subscribe, visit https://www.theaustralian.com.au/.

Doctors support Medicare changes
Australian – Wednesday, 9 Jun 2021 – Page 4

Doctors have welcomed changes to Medicare Benefits Schedule item numbers despite a campaign against the changes by Labor, but some surgeons say further tweaks to the system will be required in coming months.

The support of key medics comes as the federal government brokered a deal with the Australian Medical Association for postimplementation monitoring of the MBS changes. The government is also promising to expand its out-of-pocket costs website and provide more information for patients on private health insurance rebates coinciding with the Medicare overhaul.

In return the AMA has accepted the Medicare changes commencing on July 1 as clinically appropriate, including new items for plastic and reconstructive surgery.

Under the changes, there are sweeping reforms to MBS item numbers for general surgery procedures , orthopaedic surgery and cardiac surgery. The changes follow the final report of the Medicare Benefits Schedule Review Taskforce in December last year.

The changes to interventional cardiac services consolidate what used to be a large number of different MBS item numbers into one item number for each patient procedure that depends on whether the doctor is treating disease in one, two or three vascular territories of the heart, for example.

Doctors will also need to provide the reasons they are undertaking a particular procedure on a patient.

Michael Feneley, a spokesman for the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand, said the new item number procedures – known as appropriate use criteria would also guarantee that taxpayer money was being spent appropriately on cardiac services.

“What it means is, instead of just describing what you do and getting paid for it, the reasons that you do it are actually part of the structure of the item number,” he said.

“It means we’re being very clear when it’s appropriate to do something and when it’s not.”

The Australian Orthopaedic Association also says it is broadly supportive of the Medicare changes.

However, the AOA is disappointed that some hip arthroscopy procedures will no longer attract Medicare funding, and it says newer procedures for the wrist, the hand and the shoulder have not been recognised . The changes to hip arthroscopy item numbers were recommended by the Medical Services Advisory Committee over concerns item numbers were being misused.

AOA president Michael Gillespie said: “We’re broadly supportive of the MBS changes because there were a lot of obsolete numbers that did need to be reviewed and there is a lot of new technology that wasn’t captured by some of the old descripts.

“But we are concerned that some of the new numberings do not reflect the techniques that are of a proven benefit that are omitted altogether.”

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Winners of the Heart Foundation’s Strategic Grants Program 2020

Congratulations to our members who were recently named as winners of the Heart Foundation’s Strategic Grants program for their research: 
  • A/Prof Sarah Zaman – 2020 Women in Heart Disease Grant
  • Prof Diane Fatkin – 2020 Predictive Modelling Strategic Grant
  • Prof Tom Briffa – 2020 Secondary Prevention Strategic Grant

Thank you to the Heart Foundation for providing these stories*

A/Prof Sarah Zaman – University of Sydney

Project title: Prevention of Heart Disease in Women with Non-traditional Risk Factors and High Calcium Scores.

Currently, doctors use risk calculators to decide who is likely to have a heart attack or a stroke. However, these calculators often get it wrong in women – particularly women with female-specific heart disease risk, such as high blood pressure in pregnancy or early menopause and, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. This study will determine if a simple CT-scan, that measures calcium in the heart arteries, can help decide which women benefit from early preventative medications and lifestyle changes. If successful, our study could help prevent a large number of heart attacks and strokes in Australian women.

Prof Diane Fatkin, University of New South Wales

Project title: Is genetics useful for predicting outcomes in patients with atrial fibrillation?

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common heart rhythm abnormality and often leads to heart failure or stroke. Our research will investigate how a person’s genetic makeup might predict the risk of developing AF and its complications. This will generate new knowledge about the causes of AF and how genetic information can be used to improve and personalise therapies for individual patients. Importantly, we will assess patient attitudes to t genetic testing and the value and acceptability of receiving positive (or negative) genetic test results.

Prof Tom Briffa, University of Western Australia

Project title: Assisted self-management to prevent new life-threatening events for all in need after a heart attack.

This study will establish the value of moving to a personalised, focused approach of preventing new attacks compared to routine care after a heart attack. It allows survivors to identify the key aspects to reducing their risk, the approach taken, goals set and maintaining engagement with health professionals in the three months after leaving hospital. The benefits of a personalised approach lay in both the potential for improved management of risk factors for an individual together with greater uptake and completion of the intervention across the entire population at risk. For each additional person completing personalised care it will translate to the reduction of up to 1 death and/or heart attack/stroke per improved risk factor. The study will clarify the optimal method of providing care post heart attack, inform international clinical practice, guidelines, policy and improve the outcome of heart attack survivors everywhere.

*Thank you for the Heart Foundation for providing these stories (See full Grant Recipient stories on the Heart Foundation’s website here: fal.cn/3fOC9 )

Join us at CSANZ 2021 In Person – see the Social Program

CSANZ Annual Scientific Meeting 2021 and ANZET Meeting 2021  

We are pleased to bring you a number of social functions at the 2021 Meeting, you can indicate your attendance for these functions during registration. 

President’s Welcome Reception

Thursday 5 August, 1800-2000hrs

Venue: Exhibition Hall, Adelaide 

Tickets: Inclusive with full registrations

Guest Tickets: $60


Paediatric Dinner

Friday 6 August, 1900 – 2130hrs
Venue: Tba
Tickets: Tbc


CSANZ Poster Session

Friday 6 August, 1740-1840hrs

Venue: Poster Gallery, Exhibition Hall, Adelaide 

Tickets: Inclusive with full registrations



ISHR Dinner and AGM

Friday 6 August, 1800-2000hrs
Venue: Tba 
Tickets: $60


CSANZ and ANZET Cocktail Function

Saturday 7 August, 1730-2000hrs

Venue: Adelaide Convention Centre

Guest Tickets: $70

For the full program and meeting information visit – www.csanzasm.com and www.anzet.com.au.

We look forward to seeing you in Adelaide.

Learn about the Australia and New Zealand Chapter or the ACC

Did you know CSANZ is an official International Chapter of the American College of Cardiology (ACC)?

CSANZ has been an International Chapter of the ACC since 2012. As an International Chapter CSANZ works collaboratively with the ACC on a number of initiatives and recommends members for ACC workgroups, councils and committees; hosts the ACC in-training exam and holds joint sessions at ACC scientific sessions.

Some of the current ACC initiatives are: 

In addition, CSANZ is able to pass on a number of ACC benefits to our members including: 

  • Discounted membership of ACC 
  • Networking opportunities amongst FACC and other cardiologists affiliated with the ACC 
  • Participation in Fellows-in-Training Jeopardy competitions 

Become an ACC Fellow or Member 

As an international member of the American College of Cardiology, you can access resources designed to help you advance cardiovascular care, including: 

For more information about becoming an ACC member go to the ACC website 

*FREE ACC MEMBERSHIP*  for early career, advanced trainees and students 

The ACC is pleased to offer complimentary membership to advanced trainees, BPTs, medical students and Cardiovascular Team students (nurses, pharmacists, PAs, and cardiovascular technologists). For further information and to take up this free offer go to: https://www.acc.org/Membership/Join-Us/Trainees-Students. 

See the upcoming ACC Events below: 

Latest in Cardiovascular Nursing E-News

MAY 2021


This is the first newsletter in a long time, and a sign of more to come! – A dedicated Cardiovascular Nurse e-News. 

As Chair of the Cardiovascular Nursing Council I am pleased to write this introduction to our first E-News and to share with you some very exciting achievements by our fellow nurses and to update you on plans for the upcoming CSANZ and ANZET Annual Scientific Meeting in August.

As we draw close to International Nurses Day on May 12 and reflect on how our professional and personal lives have been impacted and changed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic I feel immensely proud of the incredibly important leadership, clinical care and education that nurses have provided throughout this challenging time. We reflect and acknowledge all of the nurses and other healthcare workers who have lost their lives this past year and our thoughts are with their families, friends and colleagues.  

Thank-you to each and everyone one of you for the important role and contribution you have made to keeping our communities healthy, safe, strong, supported and cared for. 

The first week of May 2021 has been marked by several important dates:

The first week in May is always an important time for cardiovascular health – Heart Week! Heart week was a timely reminder for all of us to re-engage with patients about their heart health. Please see the Heart Foundation for more information on health tools and topics: heartfoundation.org.au/programs/heart-week-2021

Last week also marked International Day of the Midwife. To all of our members who are midwives and to our midwife colleagues and friends, it is so heartening to hear that the theme this year is Follow the Data: Invest in Midwives. We all acknowledge the value of data informing our practice, healthcare policy and planning.

And to top of an incredible start to May 2021 – last week saw Professor Patricia Davidson, former Chair of the CSANZ Cardiovascular Nursing Council and a longstanding mentor, collaborator and friend to many CSANZ members, begin her new role as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wollongong. There is such great excitement having Prof Davidson back on Australian soil after her outstanding role as Dean of the School of Nursing at Johns Hopkins University. Welcome home Trish!

Following the theme of Heart Week, May also marks International Hypertension Day (17 May) and World ‘No Tobacco’ Day (31 May).

Take care, stay safe and enjoy celebration of International Nurses Day on 12 May.

Sally Inglis

Chair, CSANZ Cardiovascular Nursing Council
A/Prof IMPACCT – Improving Palliative, Aged and Chronic Care through Clinical Research and Translation, Faculty of Health, UTS 
Heart Foundation Future Leader Fellow

Link to read the e-News here 

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