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
Anne Russell commenced her tertiary education in 1974 with two semesters at Cleveland State University (USA) enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences. In 1975 she travelled to New Zealand and graduated as a Registered General and Obstetric Nurse, in 1978. Anne completed a two year postgraduate Cert. in Early Child Development at Massey University (NZ), finishing in 1985, followed by a BA studies at Auckland University (Mathematics and Education) in 1986/7 which she transferred to UNSW and majored in Sociology and Pure Mathematics in 1991. Anne then completed a Grad Dip Ed in Education (Secondary) in Mathematics and Social Studies, followed by a Master of Early Childhood, researching the legal reporting of child abuse and the experiences of foster carers and graduating in 1998.
After a career in nursing, as a lecturer in the health and sociological aspects of early childhood and finally as the co-ordinator of cardiac research at the Prince of Wales Hospital, she is currently a PhD candidate under the supervision of Prof Graeme Maguire and Prof Chris Reid. Her project is investigating how the timing and type of intervention in the management of advanced rheumatic heart disease (RHD) in Aboriginal Australians and Torres Strait Islander peoples influences short and longer term outcomes. The aim of this research project will be to inform the development of rational and evidence-based recommendations for the management of advanced RHD in Australian and other settings. In addition to the practical component of her PhD, Anne has also completed academic modules in biostatistics and epidemiology. She is supported by an NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarships Grant.
Anne is a PhD candidate researcher (Project: How do you mend a broken heart?) with the CRE working to inform the development of rational and evidence-based recommendations for the management of advanced RHD. Her first paper entitled, A review of valve surgery for rheumatic heart disease in Australia was published in the BioMed Cardiovascular Diseases online journal (BMC Cardiovasc Disord. 2014 Oct 2;14:134.) in October 2014 and her second, A review of outcome following valve surgery for rheumatic heart disease in Australia (BMC Cardiovasc Disord. 2015 Sep 23;15:103.) in September 2015.