Meet the Researcher - Pursuing Better Cardiac Care in Tasmania

Tuesday, 7 January 2020 - 12:03pm

As a Research Fellow in the Health Economics Group at the Menzies Institute for Medical Research, Julie’s passion and ultimate research goal is to ensure that quality of life impacts are properly included in health economics investigations throughout Tasmania.

A busy mum and a former economist, Julie has held policy and advisory roles within State Government and she has also worked as a nurse at the Royal Hobart Hospital. She now enjoys the challenges and satisfaction of helping to drive beneficial evidence based policy change for the Tasmanian community, based on health economics.

Julie feels privileged to use the knowledge and skills gained during her recently completed PhD to enable her to undertake a 2019 Incubator Grant study, funded by the RHHRF. Investigating outcomes associated with the Royal Hobart Hospital’s Rapid Access Chest Pain Clinic (RACPC) from a health economics point of view, Julie is measuring the translatable benefits for the clinic’s patients, for the Royal Hobart Hospital and the Tasmanian community.

In addition to acknowledging the support of the RHHRF and those who donate to enable her medical research, Dr Campbell says she is grateful for the mentorship provided by fellow team members who are assisting her study.

“Tasmania is leading the way in this area with local Cardiologist, Dr Andrew Black and the team treating over 3000 patients in one of Australia’s first RACPCs since establishment in Hobart during June 2014.

“Through this study, which is one of the world’s largest investigations into this form of coordinated care, we have already found that the RHH’s RACPC has proven to be timely, safe and effective in identifying and appropriately following up on patients’ cardiac risk factors,” Dr Campbell said.

Importantly, this evaluation of the RACPC model already suggests that a range of significantly positive outcomes for Tasmanian patients have been achieved, providing evidence to support further roll out across the state and across the nation.

Stay tuned as we keep you up-to-date on this vital project for Tasmanians.