Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Aus-ROC makes waves at the European Resuscitation Council Congress in Iceland

SPHPM’s Australian Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium (AusROC) has once again enjoyed great success at the annual European Resuscitation Council (ERC) Congress held recently in Reykjavik, Iceland. Professor Judith Finn was awarded Honorary Membership to the ERC and PhD candidate Susie Cartledge won the ERC Congress Ian Jacobs Young Investigator Award.

The Ian Jacobs Young Investigator Award is awarded annually to the best non-physician researcher and named after Ian Jacobs, the late Australian paramedic and nurse who led the Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) for over 15 years. Ian is remembered as a passionate advocate who worked tirelessly to further the science of resuscitation.

As a registered nurse and first aid instructor, Susie first saw a need for targeted cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training when only young professionals, who required the certification, attended her public first aid courses. However, this is not the population who is most likely to witness a cardiac arrest. Susie saw the need to target CPR training to higher-risk populations and insert CPR training into cardiac rehabilitation programs. Many people who attend cardiac rehabilitation have not received CPR training recently, if ever.

Susie’s PhD research has involved three separate but related studies that then informed this feasibility study to assess whether CPR training can be incorporated into a cardiac rehabilitation outpatient program for cardiac patients and their family members.

Last year Susie’s PhD project was the recipient of a variety of awards, winning second place for her free paper presentation at the Spark of Life Conference, the People’s Choice Award at the Faculty-level ‘Three Minute Thesis’ competition and then she went on to be named the 2015 Affiliate Nursing Prize Winner of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSANZ) Conference.

Susie’s work in CPR training and education fits aptly within the theme of this year’s ERC Congress. Following on from last year’s congress in Prague which focused on the science of resuscitation with the publication of the 2015 Guidelines, this congress dealt specifically with the educational aspects of how these new guidelines can best be implemented.

Last year, Aus-ROC Director Professor Judith Finn was invited to speak about the implementation of these guidelines into practice and this year she was recognised for her life-long commitment to and leadership in resuscitation care with Honorary Membership to the ERC. Professor Finn is just the fourth female researcher to join the 42 Honorary Members of the ERC. Honourees are nationally and internationally recognised for their contributions to the science, education and the implementation of resuscitation care.

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