RPH researcher dedicated to the heart

Photograph of Professor Carl Schultz
December 14, 2017

Royal Perth Hospital Professor of Cardiology and UWA clinical academic Carl Schultz wishes to understand more about the patients of heart attacks, and how to provide them the best care.

Professor Schultz’s research aims to address a current gap in the health service process for patient with heart attacks has received a grant from the Department of Health Research Translation Projects program.

His study will establish a registry of all patients with heart attacks admitted to the three largest public hospital cardiology departments in Western Australia.

“The registry will allow the outcome of these patients to be compared locally, nationally and internationally,” Professor Schultz said.

“Routine clinical information on patients will be collected in a format that will provide doctors with immediate and accurate estimates of the risk of a range of common complications.” These complications include risks of further heart attack or stroke, bleeding, kidney damage from tests, and medications.

The information will ensure the highest standards of care can be provided, and also make it easier to introduce new ways to improve quality. The study will also test two research questions aimed at improving patient care as related to routine estimates.

The Department of Health Research Translation Projects program, now in its 11th year, encourages research that can be translated into effective health care policy and practice in WA.

This year RPH is proud to have three recipients of the program, including Associate Professor Chris Etherton-Beer and Dr Adil Rajwani.

For a full list of recipients and an overview of their projects visit the Department of Health website.