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:

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