Cardiovascular Disease

Overview

Monash Partners’ Cardiovascular Diseases Theme brings together some of Australia’s powerhouses in heart care.

The combined cardiovascular services of Monash Partners Cardiovascular Theme form one of the largest and most influential of their type in Australia, with a record of outstanding evidence-based cardiac care, the development of ground breaking devices and treatments, new models of care, and education and training programs recognised internationally.

Member health services, and research organisations are globally acknowledged for their excellence in cardiac imaging, including CT, echocardiography and MRI. For example, the team at MonashHeart has established the largest cardiac CT service in Australasia and developed the use of cardiac CT in a number of applications including in the triage of chest pain and to assess coronary blood flow. At Alfred Health, internationally recognised approaches to assessing the structure and function of the heart by MRI have been developed and are now in routine clinical use. Colleagues at the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute are recognised as international experts in the application of echocardiography to study heart function.  

Many of the Monash Partners members have a long history of working with the medical technology industry worldwide in leading international first-in-human and early stage cardiac device trials, in particular in coronary artery stenting, transluminal aortic and mitral valve replacement. Team members have also invented medical devices which are now in clinical use.

The Monash Partners Cardiovascular Diseases Theme is also recognised nationally and internationally as a place of excellence for training in clinical and basic cardiovascular research, with opportunities for both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Epworth has pioneered many advances in cardiac diagnosis and treatment through dedicated clinical care and research. The health care service performs a wide variety of specialist and complex procedures.

Our Priorities

Our aims and priorities for the Cardiovascular Diseases Theme are to:

  • Prevent the development of cardiovascular disease by understanding its causes and through promotion of better health
  • Improve the diagnosis and treatment of coronary heart disease and its complications
  • Better understand the causes of heart failure and to develop new longer-term treatments
  • Investigate the causes of heart rhythm disturbances and to improve treatment.

Cardiovascular Disease Theme Leaders

Monash Partners’ Cardiovascular Diseases Theme brings together some of Australia’s powerhouses in heart care. The Theme is led by Professor James Cameron and Professor David Kaye.

Professor Jim Cameron

Professor Jim Cameron is director of the Monash Cardiovascular Research Centre and maintains a senior medical staff appointment with MonashHeart and at Epworth Hospital. He is internationally renowned for work on large, conduit artery function and mechanics, their influence on mechanisms of disease and their role in risk assessment and the identification of pre-clinical states.

Professor David Kaye

Professor David Kaye is a senior cardiologist in the Heart Failure/Transplant Unit at The Alfred hospital and is head of cardiology and an NHMRC senior principal research fellow at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute. He is recognised internationally for his work on the pathophysiology of heart failure.

Our Steering Committee

The Steering Committee brings together researchers and clinicians from across Monash Partners.

Dr Jennifer Cooke
Professor Peter Currie
Associate Professor Ron Dick
Professor Richard Harper
Associate Professor Jamie Layland
Professor Karlheinz Peter
Dr Gautam Vaddadi

Member Groups

The Cardiovascular Diseases Theme Steering Committee brings together experts and research from across Monash Partners. These include:

Monash Health’s MonashHeart provides unified cardiology services across the Monash Medical Centre, Dandenong Hospital and Casey Hospital, which each year treat more than 7000 patients with acute heart problems and is home to a major cardiac device and technology clinical trial group and an active cardiology PhD program. It has also established the busiest and most research-productive cardiac CT service in Australia.

Rehabilitation services for patients who have suffered an episode related to cardiovascular disease are critical to regaining good health.

Alfred Health, through its Heart Centre, is a major provider of heart care. The Alfred’s Heart Failure/Heart Transplant Service/Circulatory Support Service is the only program of its kind in Victoria. The Heart Centre has active research programs across all major clinical services and contributes extensively to state and national registries of cardiac procedures.  

The Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute, with a history spanning more than 90 years, focuses on diagnosis, prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. The Institute’s mission is to reduce death and disability from cardiovascular disease, diabetes and related disorders – two prevalent and complex diseases responsible for the highest number of deaths and the highest health costs in the world.

Peninsula Health is an expanding service providing holistic acute cardiac care to patients from the Mornington Peninsula, South Gippsland and surrounding areas. The Peninsula Cardiovascular Research Unit is a burgeoning Unit with a research interest in all aspects of cardiovascular disease but with international expertise in coronary physiology, inflammation and post ACS (acute coronary syndrome) management.  The Unit is also involved in first-in-man device trials and collaborative research. It has an active MD/PhD program.

Cabrini runs a cardiac rehabilitation service for patients who have suffered an episode related to cardiovascular disease, such as a heart attack, or undergone an angioplasty or bypass surgery. It’s also home to a chronic heart failure service, which aims to help patients increase their independence, health and quality of life.

Eastern Health delivers a full range of cardiology services for acute and chronic conditions throughout the outer eastern region. Along with a busy primary PCI and active electrophysiology and device implantation services, it provides comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation programs across multiple locations. It has an active research and PhD program.

Epworth has pioneered many advances in cardiac diagnosis and treatment through dedicated clinical care and research. The health care service performs a wide variety of specialist and complex procedures, drawing patients from around Australia and overseas.

The School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University leads nationally and internationally in clinical registries, including the Victorian Cardiac Outcomes Registry (VCOR) and National Cardiac Surgery Database Program. The School is also home to the Centre of Cardiovascular Research and Education in Therapeutics which conducts a broad range of research across basic, clinical and epidemiological fields.