Members’ Newsletter, June 2023
CSANZ NZ ASM 15-17 June in Auckland
Following a Mihi whakatau from representatives of Ngāti Whātua ki Orākei, and the traditional kapu ti me te pihikete (cup of tea and a biscuit), New Zealand Cardiac Society Chair Dr Selwyn Wong welcomed a strong delegation of over 400 members and guests to the opening of the 2023 ASM at the Aotea Centre. The theme of the meeting was ‘better together’ and the organising committee was led by Dr Andrew To and Dr Seif El-Jack, both from Waitematā.
NZ Cardiac Medal Award
After the opening ceremony, NZ Chair Selwyn Wong was delighted to award the NZ Cardiac Medal to cardiac physiologist Fiona Riddell. The medal is awarded to a member of the Cardiac Society who has made an outstanding contribution by making heart care better for New Zealanders. Find out more about Fiona’s achievements in New Zealand and in the Pacific Islands here.
2023 New Zealand Scientific Award Winners
The ASM awards ceremony was conducted on Friday evening. Congratulations to the following winners:
Young Investigator Award
Thomas Pirker, University of Otago
Soluble urokinase plasminogen activator receptor (suPAR) promotes cardioprotective intracellular signalling in myocardial ischaemia
Nursing Investigator Award
Lisa Caddis, Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand Capital, Coast & Hutt Valley
External Service Providers (ESP) Reach-Out Project. How can nurses assist with improving patients social, economic and physical environments?
Allied Health Investigator Award
Stacey Neilson, Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand Lakes
Incidence of cancer therapy related cardiac dysfunction (CTRCD) in Maori vs non-Maori
Our poster prize winners (first equal!) were:
Group 1 – Heart Failure (P25)
Julie Chirnside, Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand Canterbury Waitaha
Heart Failure discharge checklist for improving quality of care
Group 2 – Imaging (P51)
Vindhya Wilson, Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand Capital, Coast & Hutt Valley
Anatomical Computer Tomography Parameter Prediction of Pacemaker Requirement Following Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation.
Group 3 – Equity (P38)
Liam Gilheany-Black, Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand Waikato
High rates of progression from screening to requiring investigation: Early report from the Te Kūiti Access to Cardiology Pilot Study (TKACPS)
All abstracts from the Auckland meeting are available in the June 2023 issue of Heart Lung and Circulation here.
New Members and “News”
As always, new members are welcome, and welcomed: you will see your name listed in the quarterly editions of “On The Pulse” published by the Australian office. Keep up with the regular CSANZ e-news circulated by email or catch up here. As with the educational resources and access to journals, a member login is required. If you have any difficulty with the login get in touch with Kate or the Australian Office, and we will be happy to help.
New Zealand Committee Changes
At the AGM on 15 June, Chair Selwyn Wong confirmed the following new members of the NZ Committee:
Dr Martin Stiles (Waikato)
Dr Sarah Fairley – Lower North Island
Working Group representatives:
Dr Daniel Chan – Heart Failure Working Group
Dr Kerryanne Johnson – Imaging Working Group
Zari Diedrichs-Farnan – Rehabilitation and Prevention Working Group
Two new co-opted positions on the NZ Committee were agreed:
Appointments to these positions will be made by the Committee at the next meeting.
CSANZ Annual Scientific Meeting in Australia in August
Finally, many New Zealand members will be looking forward to a trip to Aussie in August to the ASM in Adelaide. Safe travels. Enjoy some learning and a winter break and come home refreshed. Mā te wā.