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Strategies to improve heart disease outcomes in Australian women

Funding: 2012: $41,539
2013: $43,437

Project Member(s): Newton, P., DiGiacomo, M.

Funding or Partner Organisation: Australian Research Council (ARC Discovery Projects)
Australian Research Council (Other funds for ARC projects)

Start year: 2012

Summary: 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. Employing a gender based approach this project seeks to: (1) undertake a systematic review to identify strategies to improve women's heart health at the level of patient, provider and system level; (2) undertake a randomised controlled trial of an intervention to improve outcomes in women following an acute cardiac event.


Rao, A, Newton, P, DiGiacomo, M, Hickman, L, Hwang, C & Davidson, P 2018, 'Optimal gender specific strategies for the secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease in women: a systematic review', Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention, vol. 38, no. 5, pp. 279-285.
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Rao, A, Zecchin, R, Newton, P, DiGiacomo, M, Phillips, J & Hickman, L 2018, 'The significance of depression and anxiety in heart disease', Australian Cardiac Rehabilitation Association, Brisbane.

Rao, A, Zecchin, R, Newton, P, DiGiacomo, M, Phillips, J & Hickman, L 2018, 'Who drops out of cardiac rehabilitation programs (2007-2017)?', European Society of Cardiology, Munich.

Rao, A, DiGiacomo, M, Newton, P, Phillips, J, Davidson, PM & Hickman, L 2016, 'Meditation as a secondary prevention strategy for heart disease: a systematic review', Australian Cardiac Rehabilitation Association Conference, Adelaide.

Rao, A, Newton, P, DiGiacomo, M, Hickman, LD, Hwang, C & Davidson, PM 2016, 'Which gender specific cardiac rehabilitation models best reduce cardiovascular risk in women?', 21st International Council on Women's Health Issues (ICOWHI) Cogress. Scale and Sustainability: Moving Women's Health Issues Forward, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
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Davidson, PM, Meleis, A, McGrath, S, DiGiacomo, M, Dharmendra, T, Puzantian, HV, Song, M & Riegel, BJ 2012, 'Improving Womens Cardiovascular Health: Position Statement From the International Council on Womens Health Issues', Health Care for Women International, vol. 33, no. 10, pp. 943-955.
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Davidson, PM, Mitchell, J, DiGiacomo, M, Inglis, S, Newton, PJ, Harman, J & Daly, J 2012, 'Cardiovascular disease in women: implications for improving health outcomes', Collegian, vol. 19, no. 1, pp. 5-13.
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Ferguson, C, DiGiacomo, M & Davidson, PM 2012, 'Ladykiller: the hidden danger to women's health', The Conversation.

Keywords: Cardiac RehabilitationWomen's HealthCardiovascular diseaseSecondary Prevention

FOR Codes: Clinical Nursing: Tertiary (Rehabilitative), Women's Health, Health and Community Services, Health Related to Ageing, Health Education and Promotion