Proposed new Cardiology Advanced Training Curriculum​ Renewal

Cardiology Advanced Training curriculum

The RACP consultation on the new draft Cardiology Advanced Training curriculum has now closed. View the proposed changes on the links below…

What’s in the new curriculum for Adult Medicine?

Watch this short video for more about the curriculum development process and how to contribute to the consultation of the new specialty curricula.  Or read more about the Advanced Training Curricula Renewal Project here.

What’s in the new curriculum for Paediatric and Child Health?

Watch this short video for more about the curriculum development process and how to contribute to the consultation of the new specialty curricula.  Or read more about the Advanced Training Curricula Renewal Project here.


For queries please contact RACP Member Services or via email.

Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD) Symposium 2022, held Dec Queenstown NZ

The third Queenstown Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD) symposium was very successfully held in early December at Millbrook. The meeting was once again well attended by cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, cardiac anaesthetists, trainees, nurses and allied health colleagues involved in ACHD care from across Australia and New Zealand. In addition, for the first time, virtual attendance was possible from further afield.

Two international speakers, Dr Eric Horlick, Chair of the Structural and Congenital interventional program at the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre in Toronto and Dr Tara Karamlou, Paediatric and Congenital Heart Surgeon from the Cleveland Clinic, gave impressive and inspiring keynotes and were supported by a strong cohort of regional experts. As usual the meeting was very convivial and collegial. 

The convenors are grateful for the support of all those who registered, particularly those who spoke and lead discussions, to all of the meeting sponsors and to the Cardiac Society.

by Clare O’Donnell, Convenor

CSANZ Queensland Case of the Year Finalists

Congratulations to our Queensland Case of the Year Finalists who presented at the CSANZ Education Day held on Saturday 19 November 2022.

This year’s winner was Dr Stephanie Sargent from the Sunshine Coast University Hospital.

Pictured above (l to r) are the 7 finalists Dr Homa Foratan (PAH), Dr Laila Khan (TPCH), Dr Jordan Valle (GCUH). The winner, Dr Stephanie Sargent (SCUH), Dr Alexis Dermedgoglou (Cairns), Kate Richardson (Astra Zeneca) in front, Dr Christina Mew (RBWH), Dr Rahil Moriswala (Townsville), QCSANZ Chair, A/Prof Sandhir Prasad and QCSANZ Secretary, A/Prof William Wang.

If you would like to view more photos, please get in touch with our Communications Manager, 

RACP 2023 CPD Framework | Note: Important Changes

Please note the important changes to the CPD activities physicians will need to complete from 1 January 2023, as directed by the Medical Board of Australia and Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) | Te Kaunihera Rata o Aotearoa.

WATCH THE VIDEO (right) as Prof Martin Veysey, Chair of the RACP’s CPD Committee, explains the changes. 

READ MORE about the new requirements on the RACP website and find CPD resources and templates in the MyCPD Interactive Handbook.

JOIN THE WEBINAR: 2023 MyCPD Framework with Q&A on Tuesday 22 November 2022. Discuss the upcoming changes and what they mean for you. Time: 5pm – 6pm AEDT / 7pm – 8pm NZDT. Register now.

If you have any queries or would like to contribute to the developing the College’s resources, then email the relevant location here.  / 

New MBS Items from 1 November 2022

Two new MBS items (11736 and 11737) will be introduced for remote monitoring of cardiac ILR devices. These new services will be remote mirror services of current in rooms service MBS items 11728 and 11731, allowing remote services to be performed.  Refer to the Quick Reference Guide for further details now available on MBS Online.

In addition, 8 eight MBS items for cardiothoracic surgery items 38510, 38513, 38516, 38517, 38555, 38556, 38557 and 38572 will be amended to incentivise the use of advanced techniques and procedures. See full details of these changes on the MBS website.

Claiming Guide for repeat MBS services for stress echo and stress MPS

In response to a number of queries regarding claiming of repeat MBS services for stress echo (item 55143) and stress MPS (items 61349, 61410), the MBS has produced a claiming guide to assist providers.  Link to MBS claiming guide 

Note that there are no changes to the requirements of the services for stress echocardiography and stress MPS, including the qualifying indications, time dependencies or item associations that currently exist.

SURVEY | use of mHealth applications in clinical practice – Cardiovascular Nurses

You are invited to participate in a study being led by the University of Wollongong (UOW) about the use of m-Health applications in clinical practice. The survey is anonymous and takes approximately 10-15 minutes complete.

Wa’ed Shiyab (PhD candidate at UOW) is conducting the survey to examine the use of mHealth applications by nurses for chronic conditions and lifestyle risk factors.

You can access the survey by scanning the QR code or via this link

Study investigators include:  Wa’ed Shiyab (PhD candidate) and Prof Liz Halcomb (Primary Supervisor). Dr Kaye Rolls and A/Prof Caleb Ferguson (Co-Supervisors).

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs Wa’ed Shiyab via email or Prof Liz Halcomb email or phone 4221 3784.

Change Over 70 Years of Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand

CSANZ Immediate Past President, Prof Clara Chow and President, Prof Stephen Nicholls have co-written this Editorial, “Change over 70 years of Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand”, now available in September’s issue of Heart Lung and Circulation.
“2022 marks the 70th year of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSANZ). Change punctuates our 70th year as we emerge from a global pandemic and embrace a Society that has grown in diversity in membership, leadership, and activity. These changes are exemplified by our first virtual Annual Scientific Meeting in 2021 and firsts in women leadership—CSANZ President (Clara Chow) and Australian and New Zealand Society of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgeons (ANZSCTS) President elect (Emily Granger)…
Link to full article on HLC online. Full Text Here (HTML).
and download PDF

TGA Statutory Advisory Committees for 2023

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) is seeking applications from professionals with expertise in relevant medical or scientific fields or consumer health issues to support their statutory advisory committees. These include:

  • Advisory Committee on Medical Devices
  • Advisory Committee on Medicines
  • Advisory Committee on Vaccines

Read more about the committee roles here.

Applications close at 11.30pm (AEST) this Sunday 4 September 2022.

CSANZ Daily Highlights Session at ESC Congress | 27 August

CSANZ will be presenting a Daily Highlights session at the ESC Congress on Saturday, 27 August. The session will be hosted by Stephen Nicholls, Will Parsonage, Julie Redfern and Elizabeth Paratz.

If you are in Barcelona, you can attend the session at the Global Stage in the Global Community area at 10.15am.

For those of us back home in Australia and New Zealand, the session will be available to watch online on the Global Community dedicated section of the ESC Congress platform.

Complimentary restricted access to ESC Congress 2022

The restrictive access will enable you to enter these areas on the congress digital platform:

Research Gateway – abstracts and clinical cases. Comment, share and like on your favourites. Open from 22 August with all the Moderated ePosters, complemented with oral abstracts and clinical cases after the sessions and until 12 September.

Global Community – connect with your National Cardiac Society to network, discuss the science in a local context, and catch up with colleagues. Open from 22 August to 12 September.

Click this link to get your complimentary restricted access.

For full access to ESC Congress, registration is required as usual. Click here.

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