The Car­di­ol­o­gy Clin­i­cal Net­work was estab­lished to improve car­di­ol­o­gy ser­vices for the South Aus­tralian community.


Our vision is that all South Aus­tralians with or at risk of car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease will effi­cient­ly access, accord­ing to need, the high­est qual­i­ty per­son-cen­tred care and achieve the best out­comes to min­imise the bur­den of dis­ease for the indi­vid­ual, fam­i­ly and com­mu­ni­ty as a whole. 


The Statewide Car­di­ol­o­gy Clin­i­cal Net­work will work to ensure equi­table access to com­pre­hen­sive, evi­dence-based car­dio­vas­cu­lar care across the life course and con­tin­u­um of care, aimed at reduc­ing the bur­den of car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease for all pop­u­la­tion groups and com­mu­ni­ties in South Australia. 

A mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary, high­ly skilled, inclu­sive work­force col­lab­o­rat­ing and coop­er­at­ing across all Local Health Net­works and health sec­tors will be focused on deliv­er­ing the best pos­si­ble out­comes for all South Aus­tralians, in a high­ly effi­cient, coor­di­nat­ed and sus­tain­able sys­tem described by an updat­ed South Aus­tralian Car­diac Ser­vices Plan. 

The Statewide Car­di­ol­o­gy Clin­i­cal Net­work will draw upon com­pre­hen­sive, high qual­i­ty, pop­u­la­tion health needs data, and real-time per­for­mance and out­come data to assist expert con­sen­sus ser­vice plan­ning and dri­ve con­tin­u­ous qual­i­ty improve­ment. Inno­va­tion in and imple­men­ta­tion of new or improved mod­els of patient-focused care will seek to inte­grate appro­pri­ate new technologies.

The work­force will be con­nect­ed, engaged and respon­sive to patient needs in the com­mu­ni­ties they serve and will deliv­er high qual­i­ty care, teach­ing and research at both the nation­al and inter­na­tion­al level.

Network Lead

Dr Phil Tideman

Steering Committee

Dr Cynthia Papendick
Emergency Consultant, Royal Adelaide Hospital
Dr Alam Ferdous
Consultant Cardiologist and Physician, Head of the Department of Medicine, Whyalla Hospital and Health Services
Prof Alex Brown
Theme Leader Aboriginal Health, SAHMRI
A/Prof Carmine De Pasquale
Senior Staff Cardiologist, Flinders Medical Centre
Dr David Senior
Rural VRGP, Robe
Mrs Dianna Lynch
Cardiac Rehabilitation Coordinator, Ashford Hospital
Prof John Beltrame
Cardiologist, CALHN Director of Research, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Royal Adelaide Hospital
Dr Margaret Arstall
Director Cardiology, NALHN, Lyell McEwin Hospital
Dr Marie Ludlow
Heart Health Manager South Australia, Heart Foundation
Prof Robyn A. Clark
Professor Acute Care and Cardiovascular Research
Ms Theresa Tucker
Carer Representative
Dr Andrew Kelly
Head of Cardiology and Staff Specialist

Expert Advisors

The Car­di­ol­o­gy Net­work have also select­ed and invit­ed a num­ber Expert Advi­sors. The Steer­ing Com­mit­tee will be able to draw upon these indi­vid­u­als with sig­nif­i­cant clin­i­cal exper­tise and expe­ri­ence in a spe­cial­ist area that affects the issues in car­dio­vas­cu­lar health of South Aus­tralians and deliv­ery of car­diac ser­vices so that the best pos­si­ble out­come can be achieved. 

Dr Jeroen Hendriks
Senior Lecturer and Future Leader Fellow, SAHMRI
Expert advisor role:
Integrated Care and Clinical Informatics/Artificial Intelligence
Mrs Rosy Tirimacco
ICCnet SA, Operations and Research Manager
Expert advisor role:
Rural Clinical Network Operations and Research and the role of Network Scientists and other Allied Health personnel
A/Prof Jayme Bennetts
Director, Cardiothoracic Surgery, SALHN, Flinders Medical Centre
Expert advisor role:
Cardiothoracic Surgery
Dr Michael Worthington
Director Cardiothoracic Surgery, Royal Adelaide Surgery
Expert advisor role:
Cardiothoracic Surgery
Mrs Natalie Hincksman
Advanced Nurse Unit Manager, SA Ambulance - MedSTAR Retrieval Service
Expert advisor role:
Emergency Medical Transport and Retrieval
Mrs Denise Nitschke
Retired Nurse
Expert advisor role:
Rural and Remote Nursing in Cardiac Service delivery