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Research Interests

Cardiovascular secondary prevention health services research.

Cardiovascular Lifestyle behaviour change, Psychoglogical health and wellbeing, Systems of care, Implementation research and Policy translation.

Quantitative Research methods: randomised clinical trials, registries, audit, data linkage, survey and cross-sectional designs.

Research Biography

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 registry design and implementation 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.

Education/Academic qualification

Flinders University

Mar 200612 Mar 2012

Award Date: 12 Mar 2012

University of Adelaide

Mar 2005Nov 2005

Award Date: 30 Nov 2005

Flinders University

Mar 1995Nov 1997

Award Date: 30 Nov 1997

External positions

Health Translation SA Lead, Cardiac rehabilitation flagship program., South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute

18 Jan 2018 → …

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Research Output

Cardiac Rehabilitation Quality in Australia: Proposed National Indicators for Field-Testing

Gallagher, R., Thomas, E., Astley, C., Foreman, R., Ferry, C., Zecchin, R. & Woodruffe, S., Sep 2020, In : Heart Lung and Circulation. 29, 9, p. 1273-1277 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

  • Optimising Secondary Prevention and Cardiac Rehabilitation for Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Position Statement from the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSANZ)

    Nicholls, S. J., Nelson, M., Astley, C., Briffa, T., Brown, A., Clark, R., Colquhoun, D., Gallagher, R., Hare, D. L., Inglis, S., Jelinek, M., O'Neil, A., Tirimacco, R., Vale, M. & Redfern, J., Jul 2020, In : Heart Lung and Circulation. 29, 7, p. e99-e104 6 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalLetter

  • 5 Citations (Scopus)

    Cardiac rehabilitation services: A global perspective on performance and barriers

    Hendriks, J. M. L., Gallagher, C., Astley, C., Linz, D. & Gallagher, R., 15 Aug 2019, In : IJC Heart and Vasculature. 24, 100410.

    Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

    Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
    1 Downloads (Pure)

    Development, piloting and validation of the Recommending Cardiac Rehabilitation (ReCaRe) instrument

    Ski, C. F., Jones, M., Astley, C. M., Neubeck, L., Thompson, D. R., Gallagher, R., Du, H. & Clark, R. A., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Heart and Lung. 48, 5, p. 405-413 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    6 Downloads (Pure)

    Improving the Monitoring of Cardiac Rehabilitation Delivery and Quality: A Call to Action for Australia

    Thomas, E., Astley, C., Gallagher, R., Foreman, R., Mitchell, J. A., Grace, S. L., Cadilhac, D. A., Bunker, S., Clark, A. & O'Neil, A., 16 Aug 2019, In : Heart Lung and Circulation. 29, 1, p. 1-4 4 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

    2 Citations (Scopus)