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

2022 Car­di­ol­o­gy Lead­er­ship in South Australia

Here at the Com­mis­sion on Excel­lence and Inno­va­tion in Health, we are tak­ing a moment to think about Car­di­ol­o­gy lead­er­ship in South Aus­tralia for 2022 and beyond. 

Katie Maio­lo, Net­works Pro­gram Direc­tor — Con­sumer & Clin­i­cal Part­ner­ships recent­ly sat down with the Com­mis­sion­er, Pro­fes­sor Derek Chew, to dis­cuss the chal­lenges and oppor­tu­ni­ties he sees for the Car­di­ol­o­gy com­mu­ni­ty in South Australia. 

If you wish to dis­cuss your thoughts around this top­ic, we encour­age you to con­tact ceih@​sa.​gov.​au to arrange a time to meet with the Com­mis­sion­er pri­or to Fri­day 17 Decem­ber 2021

The Com­mis­sion on Excel­lence and Inno­va­tion in Health aim to recruit a new clin­i­cal lead in Jan­u­ary 2022 and will recom­mence Steer­ing Com­mit­tee meet­ings once this process has been finalised. 

Statewide Cardiology Clinical Network 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


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.


More information

Have a ques­tion or want to know more about the Car­di­ol­o­gy Statewide Clin­i­cal Net­work? Please email CEIHCardiology@​sa.​gov.​au.