The Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) to Reduce Inequality in Heart Disease focuses on improving the heart health and outcomes of groups and communities i.e. Regional Australians, Indigenous Australians and International Health

Associate Professor Chantal Ski

ChantalSkiPic.jpg - smallAssociate Professor Chantal Ski is Deputy Director of the Centre for the Heart and Mind in the Mary MacKillop Institute

of Health Research at the Australian Catholic University.


She holds Membership of the Australian Psychological Society.


Consistent with the focus of the CRE to Reduce Inequality in Heart Disease, Associate Professor Ski’s research efforts have focused on: a) describing the psychosocial impact of cardiovascular disease; and b) developing practical and affordable models of prevention and care in response.


Associate Professor Ski’s portfolio of health services research, therefore, encompasses population cohort studies to multicentre, randomised controlled trials of multidisciplinary interventions.


Associate Professor Ski is an Associate Investigator of the CRE to Reduce Inequality of Heart Disease.

She works closely with the other Investigators to meet the CRE’s aims and objectives, support the early-to-mid career researchers being funded via the CRE and successfully undertake its planned portfolio of research. 


 Speciality Area:  Psychosocial health interventions and outcomes:

  1. Jackson AC, Murphy BM, Ski CF, Thompson DR. Psychological and psychosocial social interventions for patients after a cardiac event. In: Handbook of Psychocardiology (Eds Alvarenga M, Byrne D) Singapore: Springer, 2016

  2. Ski CF, Jelinek MV, Jackson A, Murphy B, Thompson DR. Psychosocial interventions for patients with coronary heart disease and depression: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Eur J Cardiovasc Nurs [Epub ahead of print] DOI: 10.1177/1474515115613204

  3. Cameron J, Rhodes KL, Ski CF, Thompson DR. Carers’ views on chronic heart failure self-care. J Clin Nurs 2016;25:144-152 [IF 1.233]

  4. Ski CF, Worrall-Carter L, Cameron J, Castle DJ, Rahman MA, Thompson DR. Depression screening and referral in cardiac wards: a 12-month patient trajectory. Eur J Cardiovasc Nurs 2015;inpress [IF 1.828]

  5. Cameron J, Kure C, Pressler S, Ski CF, Thompson DR. Diagnostic accuracy of cognitive screening instruments in heart failure: a systematic review. J Cardiovasc Nurs 2016;in press [IF 1.809]

  6. Cameron J, Rendell PG, Ski CF, Kure CE, McLennan SS, Rose NS, Prior DL and Thompson DR. PROspective MEmory Training to improve HEart failUre Self-care (PROMETHEUS): study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials 2015;16:196 [IF 2.12]

  7. Habota T, McLennan SM, Cameron J, Ski CF, Thompson DR, Rendell PG. An investigation of emotion recognition and theory of mind in people with chronic heart failure. PLoS ONE 2015; 10(11): e0141607.

  8. Habota T, McLennan SN, Cameron J, Henry JD, Ski CF, Thompson DR, Rendell PG. Prospective memory impairment in chronic heart failure. J Int Neuropsychol Soc 2015;21:183-92 [IF 3.009]

  9. Cameron J, Gallagher R, Pressler SJ, McLennan SN, Ski CF, Tofler G, Thompson DR. Sensitivity and specificity of a five-minute cognitive screen in heart failure patients. J Card Fail 2015;22:99-107

  10. Ski CF, Vale MJ, Bennet G, Chalmers V, McFarlane K, Jelinek MV, Scott I, Thompson DR. Improving access and equity in reducing cardiovascular risk: the Queensland Health Model. Med J Aust 2015;202:148-52 [IF 3.789 C0]

  11. Borkoles E, Reynolds N, Ski CF, Stojanovska L, Thompson DR, Polman RCJ. Relationship between Type-D Personality, Physical Activity Behaviour and Climacteric Symptoms. BMC Women’s Health 2015;15:18 [IF 1.66, C0]

  12. Ball J, Thompson DR, Ski CF, Carrington MJ, Gerber T, Stewart S. Estimating the current and future prevalence of atrial fibrillation in the Australian adult population. Med J Aust 2015;202:32-6; [IF 3.789, C0]

  13. Ski CF, Munian S, Rolley JX, Thompson DR. Evaluation of nurses' perceptions of the impact of targeted depression education and a screening and referral tool in an acute cardiac setting. J Clin Nurs 2015;24:235-43. [IF 1.233, C 2]

  14. Clark AM, Thirsk LM, Wiens KS, Ski CF, Thompson DR. How to research the mechanisms of non-pharmacological cardiac interventions. Int J Cardiol 2015;201:457-61 [IF 4.036, C0]

  15. Srisuk N, Cameron J, Ski CF, Thompson DR. Trial of a family-based education program for heart failure patients in rural Thailand. BMC Cardiovasc Disord 2014;14:173 [IF 1.501, C0]

  16. Ski CF, King K, Thompson DR. Gender, socioeconomic and ethnic/racial disparities in cardiovascular disease: a time for change. Int J Cardiol 2014; 170(3), 255-257

  17. Cameron J, Ski CF, McLennan SN, Rendell PG, Whitbourn RJ, Thompson DR. Development of the Heart Failure Screening Tool (Heart-FaST) to measure barriers that impede engagement in self-care. Eur J Cardiovasc Nurs 2014;13(5):408-17

  18. O'Brien CL, Moore G, Rolley JX, Ski CF, Thompson DR, Lautenschlager NT, Gonzales G, Hsueh Y, Castle DJ. Exploring healthcare provider experiences of stroke carer needs: Informing development of an Optimal Health Program. Top Stroke Rehabil 2014;21:421–31 [IF 1.223, C 1]

  19. Chavez CA, Ski CF, Thompson DR. Psychometric properties of the Cardiac Depression Scale: A systematic review. Heart Lung Circ 2014;23(7):610-8

  20. Thompson DR, Ski CF, Watson R, Wang W. Mokken scaling of the Chinese version of the Medical Outcomes Study Social Support Survey. Qual Life Res 2014;23(2):581-4

  21. Conway A, Clark R, Schadewalt V, Ski CF, Thompson DR, Kynoch K, Doering L. The effectiveness of non-pharmacological interventions in improving psychological outcomes for heart transplant recipients: A systematic review. Eur J Cardiovasc Nurs 2014;13(2):108-15

  22. Wang W, Thompson DR, Ski CF, Liu M. Health-related quality of life and its associated factors in Chinese myocardial infarction patients. Eur J Prev Cardiol 2014;21(3):321-9

  23. Rahman MA, Wilson AM, Sanders R, Castle J, Daws K, Thompson DR, Ski CF, Matthews S, Wright C, Worrall-Carter L. Smoking behaviour among patients and staff: A snapshot from a major metropolitan hospital in Melbourne. Int J Gen Med 2014;7:79-87