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

Doctor Jan Cameron 

Dr Cameron has been advancing our understanding of predictors of heart failure self-care with a particular emphasis on the identification of cognitive dysfunction in this vulnerable group. Her cutting edge program of research is aimed at informing clinical practice in the development of screening and individually tailoring nursing strategies to improve

functional outcomes among heart failure patients and their carers. Her significant contributions to nursing research

include being awarded grants and scholarships valued in excess of $6.78million. Dr Cameron has a current Scopus h-index of 12 from a career total of 29 original research papers, 3 Editorials, and 18 published abstracts. Eight of her publications are in the top10% of most cited nursing papers (SciVal) and one of her papers has been cited 89 times

since its publication in 2010; indicating the significance of research. Dr Cameron has presented 31 abstracts at international, national and local conferences, including the American Heart Association (AHA), World Heart Congress

and Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand. She provides peer review for 21 key international medical and nursing journals, and regularly reviews abstracts for scientific meetings of key professional organisations

(World Congress of Cardiology, Cardiac Society of New Zealand, Australian Cardiovascular Health and Rehabilitation Association, as well as grant applications for the Nurses Board of Victoria Legacy Limited, and Australian Research Council.


In addition to her national collaborations with leading nurse researchers such a Prof David Thompson and Prof Simon Stewart, Dr Cameron has also developed international research collaborations with Prof Susan Pressler, Prof Barbara Riegel, Prof Debra Moser, Prof Tiny Jaarsma, Prof Alex Clark, Dr Karen Harness and Dr Chris Lee. Dr Cameron has been recognized for her contribution to nursing research and practice by being awarded a Fellow of AHA (2014) and Nurse Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology (2015). In addition she received the Best New Research award at the Australian Cardiovascular Health & Rehabilitation Association 24th annual conference, 21st - 23rd Aug (2014), Sydney; the poster prize award at the VACR State Conference, Oct 25-26th 2011, Melbourne; and the very prestigious Nursing Affiliates prize at the CSANZ scientific conference (2010), Adelaide.


Dr Cameron is recognised as an emerging future leader with a cutting edge program of research aimed at informing clinical practice in the development of screening and subsequent individualised management strategies for improving functional outcomes among a particularly vulnerable group of cardiovascular patients. Dr Cameron was awarded a Heart Foundation Vanguard grant (2014-2015) to investigate a prospective memory cognitive training strategy directed at improving patient engagement in heart failure self-care. She is a co-investigator on a Collaborative Research Network Program for $2.9M (Cardiovascular Health and Well-being 2012-2015), a Medibank Health Research grant ( “You’ve got mail” – testing an SMS-based intervention to increase adherence among heart failure patients March 2015-Feb 2016). In 2012/2013, Dr Cameron was awarded a Mona Menzies Post-doctoral grant from NBVLL to develop the Heart Failure Screening Tool (Heart-FaST) as a means of assessing three critical barriers to heart failure self-care. This work has been an extension of her PhD study where she developed and tested a model of patient barriers that predicted their engagement in heart failure self-care.

Dr Cameron is listed as an AI on the ‘Optimising Heart Disease Prevention and Management’ grant.

  1. Brasier C, Ski CF, Thompson DR, Cameron J, O’Brien CL, Lautenschlager N, Gonzales G, Hsueh Y, Moore G, Knowles SR, Rossell SL, Haselden R, Castle DJ. The Stroke and Carer Optimal Health Program (SCOHP) to enhancepsychosocial health: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials, Accepted for publication Jan 2016.

  2. Cameron J, Rhodes KL, Ski CF, Thompson DR. Carers’ views on patient self-care in chronic heart failure. J Clin Nurs. 2016; 25 (1-2):144-52.

  3. Habota T, McLennan SN, 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.

  4. Srisuk N, Cameron J, Ski C, Thompson D. Heart failure family-based education: a systematic review. Pat Educ Counsel. Accepted for publication Oct 2015. [IF 1.346; SJR =1.120; C=0]

  5. Cameron J, Gallagher R, McLennan, Pressler SJ, Ski CF, Tofler G, Thompson DR. Sensitivity and specificity of a five-minute cognitive screen in heart failure patients. J Card Fail (Accepted for publication Sept, 2015). Doi 10.1016/j.cardfail.2015.08.343.

  6. Cameron J, Kure CE, Pressler SJ, Ski CF, Clark AM, Thompson DR. Diagnostic accuracy of cognitive screening instruments in heart failure: a systematic review. J Cardiovasc Nurs (in press). [IF 1.809; SJR = .821; C=0]

  7. Cameron J, Rendell PG, Ski CF, Kure CE, McLennan SN, Rose NS, Prior DL, Thompson DR. PROspective MEmory Training to improve HEart failUre Self-care (PROMETHEUS): study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials, 2015; 16:196.  doi:10.1186/s13063-015-0721- 2. [IF 2.12; SJR =1.2; C=1]

  8. Ski CF, Thompson DR, Rahman MA, Castle DJ, Cameron J, Worrall-Carter L. Depression screening and referral in cardiac wards: a 12-month patient trajectory. Eur J Cardiovasc Nurs. (in press). [IF 1.828; SJR =.889; C=0]

  9. Habota T, McLennan SN, Cameron J, Henry JD, Ski CF, Thompson DR, PG Rendell. Prospective memory impairment in chronic heart failure. J Intern Neuropsychol Soc. 2015, 21, 1-10. doi:10.1017/S1355617715000119. [IF 3.009; C=1; ERA Ranking A].

  10. Srisuk N, Cameron J, Ski C, Thompson D. Trial of a family-based education program for heart failure patients in rural Thailand. BMC Cardiovascular Disorders. 2014;14(1):173. [IF 1.5; SJR =0.774; C=0]

  11. Cameron J, Ski CF, McLennan SN, Rendell PG, Whitbourn R, Thompson DR. Development of the heart failure self-care screening tool (Heart-FaST) to measure barriers that impede engagement in self-care. Eur J Cardiovasc Nurs. 2014; 13 (5): 408-417. [IF 1.828; SJR = .695; C=3]

  12. Page K, Marwick T, Lee B, Grenfell R, Abhayaratna W, Aggarwal A, Briffa T, Cameron J, Davidson P, Driscoll A, Garton-Smith J, Gascard D, Greenland R, Hickey A, Korczyk D, Mitchell J, Sanders R, Spicer D, Stewart S, Wade V. A systematic approach to chronic heart failure care: a consensus statement. Med J Aust, 2014; 201 (3): 146-150. [Q1, IF3.789; C=7]

  13. Cameron J, Pressler SJ, Ski CF, Thompson DR. Cognitive impairment in heart failure: towards a consensus on screening. Eur J Heart Fail, 2014; 16, 235-237. [Q1, IF 6.577; SJR=3.437; C=2]

  14. Cameron J, Ski CF, McLennan SN, Rendell PG, Whitbourn R, Thompson DR. Development of the heart failure self-care screening tool (Heart-FaST) to measure barriers that impede engagement in self-care. Eur J Cardiovasc Nurs, 13 (5): 408-417. [IF 2.042; ERA Ranking C; 2012 Ranking: 6/103 in nursing]

  15. Gallagher R, Sullivan A, Burke R, Hales S, Gillies G,Cameron J, Tofler G. Mild cognitive impairment, patient awareness and associated factors in heart failure patients. J Card Fail, 2013;19(9), 641-643. [IF 3.320; ERA Ranking A; C=5]