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
Natalie Emanuele graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, the University of South Australia in 1993. She began her Cardiac Nursing career in the Coronary Care Unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (TQEH), Adelaide 1997. Natalie transferred to the Royal Adelaide Hospital for one year whilst undergoing a Graduate Diploma in Cardiac Nursing, at the University of Adelaide (completed 1999), then returned to employment at the TQEH.
In January 2003, Natalie commenced employment for the first time at the Heart Foundation’s Health Information Service. However, between 2005 and 2008 Natalie lived in Italy taking extended maternity and carers leave. Upon her return to Australia in 2008, Natalie commenced her Masters of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) studies and worked between both the Lyell Mc Ewin Hospital and The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (Coronary Care Units and Heart Failure Services).
In 2010, Natalie completed her Masters of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner), the University of South Australia, Adelaide specialising in a Nurse Practitioner’s role in a face-to-face Chronic Heart Failure Management Programme. The following year (October 2011) she again gained employment at the Heart Foundation’s Health Information Service where she has had the opportunity to further develop her experience in telephone support and cardiac rehabilitation programmes. Natalie’s unique expertise in Cardiac and Heart Failure Nursing as well as telephone support led Natalie to her role as lead Heart Health Professional for the Which Heart failure Intervention is most Cost effective in reducing Hospital stay (WHICH?) II Trial. The WHICH? II Trial is a multicentre, randomised trial of standard versus intensified management of metropolitan and regional-dwelling patients with heart failure.
In June 2015, Natalie became a Ph.D. Candidate of the Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research, Australian Catholic University funded by the CRE to Reduce Inequality in Heart Disease. She is supervised by Professor Simon Stewart and Professor David Thompson. Natalie will utilise data generated of 800 participants via the WHICH? II Trial in order to examine the utility and efficacy of Structured Telephone Support when provided in addition to a face-to-face Chronic Heart Failure Management Programme. Nursing care is individualised and titrated using two unique profiling and management tools according to need and risk profile. Based on her findings, Natalie will also investigate the cost dynamics of developing a national service of Structured Telephone Support. Her overall aim is to better understand how we can improve access and above all equity of care for typically older, vulnerable metropolitan and rural dwelling patients with Chronic Heart Failure, many who currently do not have access to gold standard therapy.
Natalie is an Affiliate Member of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealanda longside being a PhD candidate funded via the CRE to Reduce Inequality in Heart Disease.