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

Mr. Marc Remond

After completing school, Marc commenced a Science/Law degree at the University of Sydney. His honours project, MarcRemondPicturejpeg.jpg - small

undertaken in the School of Biological Sciences, focused on investigating the metabolism of glycerol, triglycerides and starch in symbiotic algae from coral.


After graduation, Marc commenced work as a research assistant in the Physiology Department at Macquarie University later to be followed by a brief stint as a paralegal. He then moved to the Kimberley in WA, first working as a volunteer in Warmun and then as Student Support Officer at Notre Dame University, Broome. Upon returning to Sydney, he worked as a tutor and teacher at a number of education institutions including Eora TAFE, Redfern, and Tranby Aboriginal College, Glebe.


Marc moved back to Broome to commence work at Kimberley Population Health Unit (WA Country Health Services) first as Data Entry Officer and then as a Project Officer. This was followed by research appointments with Menzies School of Health Research and James Cook University. During this period Marc worked on a number of health service evaluation and quality assurance initiatives relating to diabetes care, community-acquired pneumonia, and acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD).


In 2011 Marc enrolled in a PhD programme at James Cook University under the supervision of Prof. Graeme Maguire, Dr. Andrew White, A/Prof. Alan Clough, and A/Prof. David Atkinson. His research focused on investigating ways to enhance the prevention, diagnosis and management of ARF and RHD in Aboriginal Australian and Torres Strait Islander populations. He graduated in 2015 and now works at Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute as a project manager for the BIRCH (Better Indigenous Risk stratification for Cardiac Health) study.

Marc is currently based in Sydney and works for Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute. He is project manager for the Better Indigenous Risk stratification for Cardiac Health (BIRCH) study. BIRCH aims to better identify Aboriginal Australians and Torres Strait Islander people at risk of cardiovascular disease so that preventive treatments can be started sooner. BIRCH will examine existing risks for cardiovascular disease as well as other factors, not usually measured. This will involve measuring:

  • Heart function (echocardiography);

  • How well people sleep (actigraphy/polysomnography); and

  • Detailed blood fats (lipidomics) 

  1. Marc Rémond, David Atkinson, Andrew White, Alex Brown, Jonathan Carapetis, Bo Remenyi, Kathryn Roberts and Graeme Maguire. Are minor echocardiographic changes associated with an increased risk of acute rheumatic fever or progression to rheumatic heart disease? Int J Cardiol. 2015;198:117-22.

  2. Chamberlain-Salaun J, Mills J, Kevat PM, Rémond MG, Maguire GP. Sharing success - understanding barriers and enablers to secondary prophylaxis delivery for rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease. BMC Cardiovasc Disord. 2016 Aug 31;16(1):166. doi: 10.1186/s12872-016-0344-x

  3. Marc G. W. Rémond M and Graeme P. Maguire. Echocardiographic screening for rheumatic heart disease — some answers, but questions remain. Transl Pediatr. 2015:4(3):206-209

  4. Marc G W Rémond, Meaghan E Coyle, Jane E Mills and Graeme P Maguire. Approaches to improving adherence to secondary prophylaxis for rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease: a literature review with a global perspective. Cardiology in Review. In press

  5. Rémond MG, Wark EK and Maguire GP. Screening for rheumatic heart disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. J. Paeds. Child Health. 2013;49:526-531.

  6. Remond, M. G., Severin, K. L., Hodder, Y., Martin, J., Nelson, C., Atkinson, D. and Maguire, G. P. Variability in disease burden and management of rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease in two regions of tropical Australia. Intern Med J. 2013;43(4):386-93.

  7. Baskerville Catherine A., Hanrahan Brendan B., Burke Andrew J., Holwell Anna J., Rémond Marc G. W., and Maguire Graeme P. Infective endocarditis and rheumatic heart disease in the north of Australia. Heart Lung Circ. 2012;21(1): 36-41.