JOURNAL ARTICLE | CARDIO-ONCOLOGY

Recently published in HLC is the CSANZ-COSA Cardio-Oncology Working Group’s article:

When Cancer and Cardiovascular Disease Intersect: The Challenge and the Opportunity of Cardio-Oncology 

Lead author:
Aaron L. Sverdlov, MBBS, PhD, FRACP, FCSANZ

Working Group Members
Daniel A. Cehic, MBBS, FICOS, FRACP, FCSANZ
Robyn A. Clark, RN, PhD, FACN
Lee Hunt, MEd
Bogda Koczwara, BMBS, MBioethics, FRACP
Eng-Siew Koh, MBBS, FRANZCR
Leonard Kritharides, MBBS, PhD, FRACP, FCSANZ
Stephen J. Nicholls, MBBS, PhD, FRACP, FCSANZ
Liza Thomas, MBBS, PhD, FRACP, FCSANZ
Elysia Thornton-Benko, MBBS, PhD, FRACGP

Link to article in HLC here  or download pdf here

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR NEW ZEALAND WINNERS!

The CSANZ New Zealand ASM was highly successful and we are thrilled to announce all the Investigator Award winners for 2023.

Nursing Investigator Award
Lisa Caddis, Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand Capital, Coast & Hutt Valley, presenting: External Service Providers (ESP) Reach-Out Project.  How can nurses assist with improving patients social, economic and physical environments?

Allied Health Investigator Award
Stacey Neilson, Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand Lakes, presenting: Incidence of cancer therapy related cardiac dysfunction (CTRCD) in Maori vs non-Maori (pictured above)

Young Investigators Award
Thomas Pirker, University of Otago, presenting: Soluble urokinase plasminogen activator receptor (suPAR) promotes cardioprotective intracellular signalling in myocardial ischaemia (pictured above)

Best Poster Group 1 – Heart Failure
Julie Chirnside, Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand Canterbury Waitaha, presenting: P25 Heart Failure discharge checklist for improving quality of care

Best Poster Group 2 – Imaging
Vindhya Wilson, Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand Capital, Coast & Hutt Valley, presenting: P51 – Anatomical Computer Tomography Parameter Prediction of Pacemaker Requirement Following Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation.

Best Poster Group 3 – Equity
Liam Gilheany-Black, Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand Waikato, presenting: P58 – High rates of progression from screening to requiring investigation: Early report from the Te Kūiti Access to Cardiology Pilot Study (TKACPS)

All Abstracts are now available here on heartlungcirc.org

King’s Birthday Honours

On behalf of the CSANZ Board and Members, we are delighted to congratulate two of our esteemed CSANZ Fellows who have been recognised with Order of Australia awards in this year’s King’s Birthday Honours List.

Dr Rosemary Hackworthy has been awarded Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for her service to medicine as a cardiologist. (Image: Max Mason-Hubers, University of Sydney article) Read article

Dr Philip Tideman was awarded Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his significant service to rural and remote medicine. Dr Tideman is the Clinical Director of Cardiology and the Integrated Cardiovascular Clinical Network, South Australia. Image courtesy of Flinders Cardiac Clinic Read more

CSANZ NZ AGM 2023! A Great Meeting

Following a Mihi whakatau from representatives of Ngāti Whātua ki Orākei, and the traditional kapu time te pihikete, New Zealand Cardiac Society Chair Dr Selwyn Wong welcomed a strong delegation of over 400 members and guests to the opening of the 2023 ASM at the Aotea Centre. The theme of the meeting was ‘better together’ and the organising committee was led by Dr Seif El-Jack and Dr Andrew To both from Waitematā. (pictured right with Selwyn Wong centre)

 

After the opening ceremony, Selwyn was delighted to award the NZ Cardiac Medal to cardiac physiologist Fiona Riddell (pictured below). The medal is awarded to a member of the Cardiac Society who has made an outstanding contribution by making heart care better for New Zealanders.

The CSANZ New Zealand ASM was highly successful in June and we are thrilled to announce all the Investigator Award winners for 2023.

The investigator and poster awards were presented during the Friday evening function to:

Nursing Investigator Award
Lisa Caddis, Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand Capital, Coast & Hutt Valley, presenting: External Service Providers (ESP) Reach-Out Project.  How can nurses assist with improving patients social, economic and physical environments?

Allied Health Investigator Award
Stacey Neilson, Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand Lakes, presenting: Incidence of cancer therapy related cardiac dysfunction (CTRCD) in Maori vs non-Maori (pictured above)

Young Investigators Award
Thomas Pirker
, University of Otago, presenting: Soluble urokinase plasminogen activator receptor (suPAR) promotes cardioprotective intracellular signalling in myocardial ischaemia (pictured above)

Best Poster Group 1 – Heart Failure
Julie Chirnside, Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand Canterbury Waitaha, presenting: P25 Heart Failure discharge checklist for improving quality of care

Best Poster Group 2 – Imaging
Vindhya Wilson,
Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand Capital, Coast & Hutt Valley, presenting: P51 – Anatomical Computer Tomography Parameter Prediction of Pacemaker Requirement Following Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation.

Best Poster Group 3 – Equity
Liam Gilheany-Black, Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand Waikato, presenting: P58 – High rates of progression from screening to requiring investigation: Early report from the Te Kūiti Access to Cardiology Pilot Study (TKACPS)

All Abstracts are now available here on heartlungcirc.org

Well done to all!

Spotlight on Cardiovascular Nurse : Dr Luna Xu

Dr Luna Xu, Scientia Lecturer
School of Population Health, University of NSW, National Heart Foundation Post-doctoral Fellow, CSANZ Nursing Council Executive

Throughout my career, I have received training in both Nursing and Epidemiology. In 2006, I began my career as a nurse by completing Bachelor of Science (Nursing) in China and then trained as a nurse in UK. In 2011, I completed my Master of Science (Nursing) in the University of Bedfordshire, UK. At that early stage, I had the fortunate opportunity to engage with a multi-disciplinary team, which enabled me to recognise the significance of collaborative work.

In 2012, I relocated from UK to Australia, and trained as an epidemiologist. I completed my Master of Public Health in 2013, and awarded my PhD in Epidemiology in 2016 at University of Newcastle. My PhD project explored how to reduce dietary risks in prevention of cardiovascular disease. During my Master and PhD training, I developed my skills in big data analysis.

After completing my PhD in 2016, I started my first post-doctoral job and worked on ARC linkage project of ‘Fit for Future’. The project aimed to evaluate Nurses’ health, particularly understand how to reduce unhealthy health behaviours of nurses and midwives to improve the overall health.

In 2017, I got my fellowship at University of Technology, Sydney, I established my leading project of using the data from the 45 and Up Study (the largest health and ageing study in Australia) to explore further on the how to reduce dietary risk across life span in prevention of cardiovascular disease. In 2019, with funding support from the National Heart Foundation, I awarded my post-doctoral fellowship. I extended my project by linking large survey data and administrative health data (e.g., hospitalization and mortality data) to understand sex-specific risk in preventing of cardiovascular disease over the life course. I really enjoy finding new things discovered from big data and generate new evidence in preventing and managing cardiovascular disease. I also enjoy working with clinicians and public health practitioners in translating my research findings into a real-world.

In 2020, I was selected as the UNSW Scientia academic, also appointed as an Honorary Fellow at The George Institute for Global Health and the University of Technology, Sydney. Since then, I have had the privilege to work with multidisciplinary teams in the implementation of projects in improving cardiovascular health. For example, I have led a project by working with multi-disciplinary teams including clinicians, nurses and epidemiologists in China to reduce cardiovascular risks during COVID-19 pandemic. With UNSW funding support, I am leading a project by working with a multi-disciplinary team including clinicians, epidemiologists, dietitians and software developer in implementing AI (Artificial Intelligence) technology to predict cardiovascular risks. I enjoy collaborating with multi-disciplinary teams as it brings together diverse perspective and improves decision-making. I believe by working collaboratively, we can drive positive changes in patients’ outcomes, health systems, and health policies in Australia.

Tips from Luna:

I believe that it is very common to get rejections, such as publications or grant applications. However, it is important not to take these rejections personally. Instead, it is crucial to persevere and continue working on the things you are passionate about. Also, it is important to keep an open mind and build multi-disciplinary networks to develop your career.

CALL FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST – CSANZ COMMITTEES

Applications are invited from CSANZ Fellows and Members to fill vacancies on committees.

Professional and Ethical Standards Committee (PESC)
PESC is responsible for developing and overseeing policies on CSANZ membership, admission and engagement and to review applications for FCSANZ.

Expressions of Interest are invited to fill vacancies on PESC for representatives from New Zealand (1), Northern Territory (1) and Tasmania (1).

Scientific Committee
The Scientific Committee’s portfolio of responsibilities includes developing and reviewing eligibility criteria for CSANZ prizes and scholarships, reviewing and grading applications for prizes and research grants, and the appointment of named lecturers for the CSANZ Annual Scientific Meeting.

There are two upcoming vacancies on the Committee for a paediatric cardiologist and a basic scientist. Expressions of interest will be considered from Members and Fellows of CSANZ who have a strong track record in cardiovascular research to fill these positions.

Equity, Diversity and Culture Working Group
The CSANZ Board has established the Working Group to develop an Equity, Diversity and Culture framework across CSANZ and the cardiology community.  The Working Group will also develop projects to address issues such as culture, bullying and harassment and creating safe working environments.

Prof Jenny Deague (WA) has been appointed the Co-Chair and expressions of interest are invited from CSANZ Fellows and Members to fill the other Co-Chair position or to join the Working Group.

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EOIs for all positions are to be emailed to [email protected] and must include a brief CV and a covering letter outlining the reasons you wish to be appointed to the committee and your relevant skills and experience.

Closing date: Friday, 30 June 2023.

Congratulations Ralph Reader finalists for CSANZ ASM 2023

Congratulations to the following finalists announced to present for the highly coveted 2023 CSANZ Ralph Reader Prize at the upcoming CSANZ ASM.

2023 CSANZ Ralph Reader Prize Finalists in Basic and Translational Science

Read their biographies here

 

2023 CSANZ Ralph Reader Prize in Clinical Science 

Read their biographies here

Good Luck to all the Ralph Reader Finalists.                   REGISTER FOR CSANZ HERE

 

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