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About the Cardiac Network

Cardiovascular Disease

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in Australia and accounted for 34% of deaths in 2008. Cardiovascular disease is also the leading cause of disability for Australians and in 2004-2005 it accounted for 11% of the total recurrent health expenditure. Many cardiovascular diseases are preventable and approximately 80% of the population have modifiable risk factors such as smoking, physical inactivity, poor diet and being overweight. Despite improvements over the past few decades, the health and economic burden of cardiovascular disease exceed that of any other condition.

Our People

Professor Robert Denniss, Co-Chair
Head of Department Cardiology
Westmead Hospital
Western Sydney Local Health District

Jacqueline Colgan
Clinical Nurse Consultant
Gosford Hospital
Central Coast Local Health District

Membership of the ACI Cardiac Network includes doctors, nurses, allied health staff, sonographers and consumers. The network also collaborates with managers and executives from local health districts, the NSW Ministry of Health, the Rural Critical Care Taskforce, NSW Ambulance, the Heart Foundation, the Bureau of Health Information, the Clinical Excellence Commission, the Cancer Institute NSW, the Sax Institute and universities such as the University of Western Australia.

The Chronic Cardiovascular Clinical Expert Reference Group (CV CERG) is a sub-committee of the Cardiac Network focused on improving the management of people with chronic cardiovascular conditions.

The Chronic CV CERG membership includes includes clinicians working in cardiology services, general practitioners, palliative care specialists and consumers.