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Funding granted for research to improve heart disease outcomes in women

Heart disease is the major killer of Australian women, yet many women remain unaware and underestimate their risk. Heart disease occurs more commonly in older women who face numerous other health and social life changes.

UTS Professor Patricia Davidson, Dr Michelle DiGiacomo, Dr Phillip Newton and their research team have successfully received funding from the Australian Research Council (ARC) to start a project that will focus on ‘strategies to improve heart disease outcomes in Australian women’.

With a total of $80,000 split over two years, this project will identify strategies to improve the heart health of women in Australia through forging an intersection between social and health sciences and developing targeted and tailored interventions.

By employing a gender based approach this project seeks to undertake a systematic review to identify strategies to improve women's heart health at the level of patient, provider and system level and also embark on a randomised controlled trial of an intervention to improve outcomes in women following an acute cardiac event.

This project will commence in 2012.

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