Professor Robyn Clark

Academic Level E

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

place Sturt North (N216-3)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Prof Robyn Clark is a senior clinician and mid-career researcher; she holds qualifications as a Registered Nurse, Registered Midwife and Critical Care Nurse, a Master’s degree in Education and a PhD. Prof Clark has been a full-time researcher for the past 10 years.

Prof Clark is currently a Heart Foundation Future Leader Fellow, a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing, Fellow of the American Heart Association and Life Member of the Australian College of Critical Care Nurses.

Prof Clark was the inaugural recipient of a National Institute of Clinical Studies (NICS-NHMRC) PhD scholarship supported by the National Heart Foundation for researching telemonitored heart failure management in rural and remote Australia She completed a NHMRC Australian Training Fellowship at the Queensland University of Technology in 2013 after which she commenced her appointment at Flinders University in as Prof of Acute Care and Cardiovascular Research.

Prof Clark currently holds adjunct appointments at the University of South Australia, Queensland University of Technology and the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI)

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Prof Robyn Clarkis internationally recognized for her research into the most effective management of patients with heart failure and cardiovascular disease.

Prof Clark’s research program can be summarized under the overall theme of increasing ACCESS to evidence-based care for underserviced and disadvantaged populations. Prof Clark’s program of research has three streams: stream one focuses upon improving access the heart failure and cardiovascular disease services for patients and communities especially in rural and remote Australia. This suite of research is recognized for its innovative methods, particularly its emphasis on geographical epidemiological analysis using GIS.

The second stream involves the use of information technology to bridge the gap between cardiac specialist centers and populations with limited access to cardiology services or to patients with low health literacy. This suite of research includes the evaluation of telehealth, apps and avatars as tools to deliver education and secondary interventions for heart failure and cardiac rehabilitation.

The third theme is centred on improving access for patients with cardiotoxicity after cancer treatment to appropriate cardiac rehabilitation and secondary prevention. Prof Clark has a strong background in epidemiology and linked data analysis and in the last 4 years has been working with cancer researchers in investigate the epidemiology and patient outcome of heart failure after cancer treatment.

All of these streams underpin a cohesive research strategy that aims to build capacity in cardiovascular care supported by technology outside of metropolitan hospitals.

Honours, awards and grants

Grants: Career funding is more than $5.5m. This includes three Category 1 funded projects: (NHMRC APP570141­ Clark & APP1060254 Clark & APP1060254_ Yates (2013-2018)).

Publications: Prof Clark has demonstrated a commitment to establishing her research in the literature. She currently has a career total of 108 published peer reviewed papers (80 in the past 5 years) with many published in high-ranking journals such as Circulation, BMJ, MJA and European Journal of Heart Failure. Her work currently has a mean citation rate of 10.69. Her Telemonitoring in Heart Failure series of publications has had nearly 1000 citations. Not included in the citation metrics is the incredible 4,404 downloads the original Cardiac ARIA project has had since 2012.

COLLABORATIONS: Prof Clark haspublished with 96 other collaborators in 72 other institutions and universities including the Heart Foundation, University of California San Francisco, University of Sydney, University of Queensland, Central Queensland University, Adelaide University and The George Instituteas examples.

Key responsibilities

International standing

Prof Clark has presented 76 international and national papers (including invited and keynote speaker and plenary) at the world’s most important scientific congress in cardiovascular research, for example European Cardiac Society, Heart Failure Society of American and the American Heart Association. Received some of the highest research prizes in her field including; the AHA Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing Council, Clinical Research Paper of the Year 2013, The European Society of Cardiology: Nursing /Allied Health Professional Investigator Award 2011, The Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand Nursing Research Prize (2011) and Poster Prize (2008) and The ESC Heart Failure Judges Choice Award 2007. Her current professional commitments include being President of the STTI Psi ETA Honour representation CSANZ Nursing Council Member, Member of executive steering committee SA Dept Health Cardiac Clinical Network, Chair Education and Workforce, SA Dept of Health Cardiac Clinical Network, CSANZ Heart Failure Council-Secretary.

Peer review involvement NHMRC & other grant organisations

Prof Clark is aNHMRC Grant Review Panellist 2011-present;International Grant Reviewer NRC 2011; Project Grant Reviewer NHMRC 2009-2012; Reviewer - Grant applications National Heart Foundation 2006-2012; Reviewer - Grant applications National Heart Foundation New Zealand 2006-present; Funding selection panel member Women’s and Children’s Hospital Research Fund (2008-2010) and QUT IBHI Collaborative Grant Review Panellist (2010-2013).

Editorial Responsibilities: A peer reviewer for 12 medical and nursing journals including BMJ, MJA, European Journal of Heart Failure and Circulation.

Supervision and mentoring: Supervised to completion 4 PhD, 8 Masters and 4 Honours (total 16) and is currently supervising or co-supervising 5 PhDs and 1 Honours student.

Teaching interests
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Heart Failure
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation and Secondary Prevention
  • Chronic Disease
  • Self-management
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Evidence Based Practice and Systematic Reviews
Supervisory interests
Aboriginal chronic condition management
Access and equity
Cardiac disease
Evidence based clinical practice
Evidence based implementation
Geographical information systems
Health service, public policy, equity and access
Social and economic determinants of health inequities
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Cardiovascular Disease (5)
Associate supervisor: Cardiac (1), Epi-genetics (Donor Conception) (1)
Expert for media contact
Cardiovascular system
Rural and remote health
Cardiovascular Disease
Cardiovascular disease
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Media expertise
  • Cardiovascular system
  • Nursing
  • Rural and remote health
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Cardiovascular disease
Further information
All details including copies of publications and reports for the Cardiac ARIA project can be found at Project: Cardiac ARIA