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Cardiac Network

Working to improve the experience and delivery of healthcare for patients with cardiac conditions across NSW.

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  • To conduct research on:
    • Guiding the Measurement of Troponin
    • Snapshot Acute Coronary Syndromes 2012
    • Geographical Mapping of Chest Pain Presentations in NSW.
  • To develop models of care to reduce clinical variation between hospitals for patients who are admitted and re-admitted with Chronic Heart Failure.
  • To assess the current management of Acute Rheumatic Fever to identify gaps in service and develop models to improve care and long-term outcomes for people with this condition.
  • To write guidelines for the Deactivation of Implantable Cardiac Defibrillators at the End of Life and patient escort guidelines.
  • To identify clinical indicators for cardiac rehabilitation and develop strategies to collect, analyse and report on this data and provide feedback to frontline clinicians in order to enhance practice and patient outcomes.
  • To revise clinical service frameworks for heart failure.
  • To establish a list server to provide support and educational resources for clinicians on the evidence based management of heart failure, particularly for staff in rural and remote areas.
  • To organise four forums in rural locations in 2011 and 2012 to improve the management of patients with chronic cardiac conditions.


  • Establishment of the Cardiac Surgery Data Collection throughout NSW.
  • Development of evidence-based guidelines on drug eluting stents and implantable cardiac defibrillators (ICDs).
  • Production of Policy Directives on cardiac monitoring and the statewide chest pain pathway in concert with the Ministry of Health, the Ambulance Service of NSW, the Aeromedical Retrieval Services and cardiac and emergency clinicians.
  • Statewide webcast education strategy for rural nurses. The Nurses Education Program is aimed at graduate certificate level nurses located in rural or district hospitals. Other clinicians are welcome to participate in the program if they are interested in a particular topic. The Program is held monthly and participants link into the audio via teleconference and view the slides via the internet. Sites that do not have internet access are also able to participate via teleconference and the presentations are available via email from the Network Manager.
  • Collaborating with ACI Endocrine and Stroke Network managers on DICAST (Diabetes, Cardiac, Stroke) clinician workshops in rural, remote and regional NSW in 2011
  • Organised Speed Dating with the Specialist educational events for general practitioners in rural NSW in 2011 in partnership with Endocrine and Stroke Network Managers.
  • Statewide survey and report on cardiac rehabilitation services.
  • Discussion paper on Transcutaneous Aortic Valve Implantation in NSW.

Cardiac Network


Bridie Carr
Cardiac Network Manager

Recently Added

State Cardiac Reperfusion Strategy

Added: 26 July 2016

Type: Webpage

Nurse administered thrombolysis: patient fact sheet

Added: 12 July 2016

Type: PDF File (101.5 KB)

Nurse administered thrombolysis: clinician fact sheet

Added: 12 July 2016

Type: PDF File (89.7 KB)

State Cardiac Reperfusion Strategy – Clinician Information

Added: 13 August 2015

Type: PDF File (101.0 KB)