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Researchers receive prestigious travel award

Researchers from the Centre for Cardiovascular and Chronic Care in the Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery and Health have won two of the five Affiliate Clinical Development Awards offered by the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand in 2011.

Sally Inglis and Phillip Newton each received the prestigious travel award designed to assist in developing future leaders in cardiovascular practice, research, education and management.

“Our success in these awards is an indication of the standard of research coming out of the Centre for Cardiovascular and Chronic Care, and the calibre of researchers the centre has brought together,” says Centre Director, Professor Patricia Davidson. “We deliver outcome-driven, patient–centred, interdisciplinary research, which is an important focus of the Health Futures strategic vision for UTS."

The awards are intended to assist recipients to increase their clinical knowledge and expertise, increase awareness of research and evidence-based practice and build their professional network.

“The opportunity to make these connections face-to-face and to hear the very best of Australian cardiovascular research and practice will be very valuable as I establish a clinical cardiovascular research program here in Australia and prepare research funding applications,” says Inglis.

Inglis is a Senior Research Fellow with the centre. Her research interests are chronic cardiovascular diseases, including peripheral arterial disease and chronic heart failure. Since commencing at UTS in January, she has established a program of research into the management of peripheral arterial disease in Australia.

Newton is a Chancellor's Post Doctoral Research Fellow who specialises in heart failure research and, symptom management in advanced heart failure. He has received funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council, and the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing.

The Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand is the chief advocacy group for cardiology professionals, including researchers and cardiovascular nurses. It aims to facilitate training, professional development and improve medical practice to enhance the quality of care for patients with cardiovascular disease.

Valued at A$1000 each, the awards allow recipients to attend the 59th Annual Scientific Meeting in Perth (11-14 August), assisting with travel and accommodation costs.

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