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MacKillop researchers receive prestigious Heart Foundation Fellowships

Two of ACU’s leading health researchers from the Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research (MacKillop) have received prestigious Heart Foundation Fellowships.

Associate Professor Melinda Carrington has been awarded a Future Leader Fellowship for her research Strategies to optimise cardiometabolic health. Future Leader Fellowships support cardiovascular researchers to build their research capacity and become leaders of research groups. 

Dr Jocasta Ball has been awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship for her research Improving health outcomes in atrial fibrillation via optimal management. Postdoctoral Fellowships encourage and support early-career cardiovascular researchers to develop research skills and independence.

Associate Professor Carrington said she was delighted to receive her Fellowship and her funding will be used to develop nurse-led models of care and electronic profiling and management tools for health professionals to help prevent the onset of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

“A Future Leader Fellowship gives me valuable recognition of becoming a leader in cardiovascular research in Australia,” she said.

“Following eight years of NHMRC career support, the completion of another four years of salary and project funding from the National Heart Foundation will place me in a more competitive position to become a self-directed researcher and grow a diverse team of research staff, postdoctoral fellows and higher degree candidates,” Associate Professor Carrington said.

Dr Ball said her Fellowship would allow her to further her understanding of responding to the complexities of chronic disease and developing cost-effective interventions that are sensitive to individual patient needs. 

“This Fellowship will enable me to consolidate my career progression as an internationally competitive health services researcher and allow me to extend my skill-set and experience while working with world-leading researchers,” Dr Ball said.

More than 70 Heart Foundation awards, with a total value of $14.2 million, have been offered this year to support Australia’s best and brightest researchers, investigating the causes, treatment and prevention of heart disease and related disorders. Find out more details here.

The MacKillop aims to identify critical gaps within community and healthcare services, with an explicit goal to improve health outcomes (and a focus on vulnerable groups) via innovative individual, community and health service-focused programs.

Through research that responds to real needs, researchers are working to improve the wellbeing of people locally and globally so that they can lead full and healthy lives.

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