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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.

Supervised Students Successes

  • Mar 2017 Ally Chapple - Honours (Distinction)

Completed Supervisions

Principal Supervisions:
  • Acute coronary syndromes (1)

Education/Academic qualification

Doctorate of Public health, Flinders University

Mar 200612 Mar 2012

Award Date: 12 Mar 2012

Honours Public Health, Bachelor Health Science, University of Adelaide

Mar 2005Nov 2005

Award Date: 30 Nov 2005

Bachelor Nursing, 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 → …

Supervisory Interests

  • Registries
  • Pragmatic clinical trials
  • Chronic condition management and self-management
  • Quantitative research methodology
  • Survey research
  • Psychological wellbeing
  • Cardiovascular disease management
  • Health literacy


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