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Professors Clara Chow, Gemma Figtree and Leonard Kritharides are Cardiologists and Clinician Scientists at Sydney Health Partners. Below they outline what their team is trying to achieve and how their work can help people with, or at risk of, cardiovascular disease. Cardiovascular disease is a one of Australia's largest health problems, affecting one in six Australians.
What are you working on?
We are working on the management of chest pain and acute coronary syndromes across Sydney Health Partners’ organisations. We are exploring similarities and difference in care pathways, and exploring new service models such as Rapid Access Cardiology Clinics.
Why are you undertaking this research?
Chest pain is one of the leading causes of presentation to our emergency departments, and effective and efficient management of this condition means better patient outcomes, more efficient use of limited health resource, and cost efficiencies.
Who are you trying to help?
We are trying to help patients with, or at risk of, cardiovascular disease.
How does being part of a collaborative partnership like Sydney Health Partners help you to achieve more than you would be able to individually?
Being part of Sydney Health Partners enables us to combine our expertise in knowledge around cardiovascular disease across all of the Partner organisations. It also enables us to explore both the similarities and differences in our patient populations, the way we manage patients and our patient outcomes.
Importantly, it also enables us to pool resources, share our learnings and build a combined program of work.
What potential do you see for scaling up the results of your research? How can it reach more people in the health system?
Being part of Sydney Health Partners enables us to evaluate health service interventions across populations that are rich in diversity – with the Partnership serving a population of 2.7 million people across Sydney. It will also enable us to improve our interventions and identify enablers and barriers to implementation. These findings can then pave the way to wider implementation and scale up throughout the health system. Using Sydney Health Partners as a starting point makes scaling up to other local health districts much more feasible.