Carolyn is an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Flinders University. She is a Research Fellow with the Country Heart Attack Prevention (CHAP) program of research, manages the Reducing Morbidity and Mortality in type 2 diabetes study and is incoming president of Australian Cardiovascular & Rehabilitation Association (ACRA). Carolyn has expertise in registries, randomised clincial trials, observational, population and data linkage quantitative research and is lead of the South Australian cardiac rehabilitation state-wide audit. With a doctorate in public health focusing on systems of care which enable patients to receive best practice therapies following an acute coronary syndrome, Carolyn is committed to research and improving health services in secondary prevention cardiac care. Carolyn has held previous roles with Flinders Medical Centre Cardiology Outcomes research, SA Health and the Heart Foundation and now devotes her time to research and translation to practice. She has held previous leadership roles on the board of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSANZ) and was the inaugural chair of the CSANZ Cardiac Nurses council.
Dissertation: Opportunities to increase clinical effectiveness in acute coronary syndrome care (Distinction)
Thesis: An ethical analysis of the use of drug-eluting stent technology in the Australian health care system (IIA)
Astley C, Chew DP, Keech W, Clark RA, Tirimacco R, Tavella R, Horsfall M, Arstall M,
Tideman P, Beltrame J, Nicholls S. Impact of Cardiac Rehabilitation on Late Clinical Outcomes; non- attenders versus attenders, Brisbane
Christchurch, New Zealand for;
Carolyn M. Astley, John Amerena, David Brieger, Steve Coverdale, Jamie Rankin, Luan T. Huynh, Derek P. Chew Identifying the factors contributing to poorer Outcome in women in the Acute Coronary syndromes prospective Audit (ACACIA). CSANZ, Christchurch NZ.
Astley CM, Molloy DA, Vaile JC, Aylward PE, Chew DP, The Relative Contribution of Risk Stratification Components to 6-Month Mortality in ACS. Canberra.
Project lead for: the Statewide cardiac rehabilitation audit and data linkage program.
Project lead for: NHMRC Country Heart Attack Prevention (CHAP):
1. Credentialing program for the implementation of the Australian national quality indicators for cardiac rehabilitation and secondary prevention.
2. Improving Clinician Endorsement and Recommendation of Cardiac Rehabilitation: a Translational and Change Management Study (RECOMMEND).
Vice president: Australian Cardiovascular and Rehablitation Association( ACRA).
Flinders University 2nd March 2016 and 18 July 2017.
College of Medicine and Public Health,Doctorate of Public Health, Public Health Organisation Intensive,Tutorial: the “Power of numbers in health science research”
Honours (Distinction) - MAR 2017
Community service and leadership
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