Heart Health for All – 2022 CSANZ ASM Program highlights of Indigenous health and equity sessions

The Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand is delighted that the overarching theme for this year’s ASM is Heart Health for All. The Meeting’s Scientific Program Committee has made a fantastic effort to weave heart health equity topics throughout the 2022 Program. 

Here are some of the program highlights focusing on Indigenous health and equity issues. 

Thursday 11 August 2022 

Commencing on Thursday 11 August from 11.30am, the Indigenous Health Council will be holding the Indigenous Health Symposium where Dr Anna Rolleston and Prof Alex Brown will be giving their perspectives from Aotearoa and Australia respectively, on the Importance of doing research in line with Indigenous community expectations and the current principles and guidelines. Followed by examples of good practice and a facilitated panel discussion. See the full Symposium program here.

Friday 12 August 2022 

On Friday 12 August, Equity of Care and Indigenous Health Prize Finalists session will take place after lunch, commencing with speakers: 
•       Dr Karen Brewer – What are the problems and what are the Kiwis doing about it?
•       Prof Alex Brown – How is Australia improving equity in healthcare?
The Indigenous Health Prize session will be passionate and inspirational with our four finalists starting from 2.30pm:
•       Dr Zara Rolfe, St George Hospital (NSW)
•       Dr Nicholas Seton, Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service (QLD)
•       Dr Emma Haynes, University of Western Australia (WA)
•       Dr Keriana Kingi-Nepe, Hauora Tairawhiti (NZ)

Good luck to all (Read the finalists’ presentation topics here)

There are several other full sessions, individual presentations and topics across the broad spectrum of cardiology that speak to Heart Health for all. Here are just a few highlights.

Don’t miss the Multidisciplinary: Cardiovascular health for all – a global perspective session on Friday afternoon. International presenter, Prof Mariachiara Di Cesare (UK) – Global perspective on inequalities in cardiovascular risk and outcomes; and Prof Gita Mishra – Global issues in women’s cardiovascular health: Results from InterLACE consortium (Read more here).

Concurrently on Friday, the Paediatrics / Adult Congenital stream’s Striving for equity session presentations include:
•       Prof Anita Moon-Grady (USA) – Using “big data” to help identify inequities in CHD outcomes.
•       Dr Bo Remenyi – Rising inequity in rheumatic heart disease.
•       Ms Rhonda Holloway – Improving adherence and health literacy in families faced with chronic health.
•       Dr Nikki Earle – Prioritising equity in cardiovascular genomics research: The MENZACS story.

In other streams, Prof Robyn Clark will be presenting, Equity and access to care for patients with heart failure and A/Prof Saurabh Kumar presenting Demand, equity, and access to VT ablation.

Saturday 13 August 2022 

Throughout Saturday the Multidisciplinarystream is hosting some interesting topics from addressing health literacy in the breakfast session to Implementation of evidence into clinical practice: challenges and success later in the afternoon. There’s a wide range of presentations including:

•       Implementing socially protective factors to reduce CVD incidence in Aboriginal women.  
•       Delivering cardiovascular care in rural and remote QLD: Heart of Australia service.  
•       Telemedicine to Timor-Leste: implementing an international cardiac telehealth service during population dislocation, floods and COVID-19.

During the Paediatrics and Adult Congenital Prize Final presentations, we will hear from Dr Belinda Gowen, who will be speaking on Indigenous Paediatric Cardiac Surgical Patient Outcomes.

Also, don’t forget to attend the Women In Cardiology networking event during Saturday’s afternoon tea break out on the South Terrace.

Sunday 14 August 2022 

In the Cardiac Imaging Access and Equity session on Sunday morning, there are some thought provoking ideas being presented followed by a panel discussion and Q&A.            


Heart Health for All – Program Highlights of the Indigenous health and equity sessions (Download pdf here)

Launch of the Australian Stroke and Heart Research Accelerator (ASHRA)

Thursday 11 August from 5:15pm
CSANZ ASM • Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre • Room 5 (Level 1)

Join us at the CSANZ meeting on the Gold Coast to officially launch the Australian Stroke and Heart Research Accelerator (ASHRA), funded by the MTPConnect Targeted Translation Research Accelerator (TTRA) program.

Come along and learn about the Centre, some of the early research we are funding, and how you can get involved. We can’t wait to share the exciting details of this collaborative, national centre with the CSANZ community.

Download Program_Launch ASHRA

CSANZ Council Symposia and AGMs – Thursday 11 August

We are looking forward to welcoming you to the CSANZ Council Symposia and AGMs on Thursday, 11 August prior to the ASM and ANZET Meeting.

Be sure to click here to view the full program of symposia and associated meetings.

Explore the ASM Program or the ANZET program.


We look forward to seeing you on the Gold Coast from the 11 – 14 August 2022.

On behalf of CSANZ ASM 2022

Mayanna Lund, Convenor

Martin Stiles, Chair, Scientific Program Committee

Fadi Charchar, President, ISHR Australasian Section


On behalf of ANZET 2022

Sidney Lo, Convenor


CSANZ 2022 – Mechanisms Preclinical Discovery and Paediatrics – Adult Congenital Highlights 

Read all about the 2022 highlights for the Mechanisms and Preclinical Discovery Stream and the Paediatrics / Adult Congenital highlights at this year’s Meeting.

Don’t miss all the topics to look out for, prize presentations and social activities to look forward to.

Link to Mechanisms Preclinical Discovery / Paediatrics Adult Congenital Highlights  (pdf)

See the whole Program here, and view all the International Faculty here

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Wrap up of the CSANZASM 2021 with Prof Liza Thomas & A/Prof James Chong (courtesy of The Limbic Podcast)

A/Prof James Chong, CSANZ ASM 2021 Scientific Program Chair, discusses the latest translational research presented at this year’s scientific meeting – from new stem cell technologies that will reduce the need for heart transplantations to the clinical consequences of cardiac fibrosis and opportunities for treatment.

Prof Liza Thomas, Cardiac Imaging stream lead, also shares her highlights discussing new data presented on myocardial function post COVID, the emerging field of cardio-oncology and the role of imaging in sub-clinical heart failure.

Courtesy of the The Limbic Podcast. 

Link:  https://thelimbic.com/cardiology/podcast-csanz-21-conference-wrap-with-a-prof-james-chong-and-prof-liza-thomas/

2020 CSANZ ASM & ANZET VIRTUAL : Recommended Podcasts

Listen to some of the recommended Podcasts presented at the 2020 CSANZ ASM and ANZET Virtual Meetings.
Mechanisms and Preclinical Discovery Podcast: ECI Interview Re: Mentorship

Nicola Sergienko, PhD student interviews Dr Laura Bienvenu, Research Officer and Dr Alexander Pinto, Laboratory Head, all at the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute in Melbourne.

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Clinical / Surgical Podcast: Meet the Expert

Prof Derek Chew (SAHMRI) interviews Prof Nick Mills (Consultant Cardiologist from Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh)

Mechanisms and Preclinical Discovery Podcast: ECI Interview re Challenges for Women in CVD research 

Priscilla Prestes, PhD student interviews Dr Michelle Maier Postgraduate Researcher both of Federation University and also Dr Kate Weeks, Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute.

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Click the Podcast links below to enjoy all the podcasts created for the 2020 CSANZ ASM.