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Study on acute coronary syndrome care wins Stawell Prize

3 June 2014

AMA Victoria has awarded the 2014 Stawell Prize for medical research to a team from Flinders University who undertook the first comprehensive Australian and New Zealand audit of acute coronary syndrome care, identifying variations in the applications of the ACS evidence base and varying rates of in-hospital clinical events.

The study, led by Professor Derek Chew, highlighted the potential for variation in care, attributable to jurisdictional and geographic differences. The challenge of providing timely access to invasive management, not only in rural areas but also in the growing outer suburbs of cities, was highlighted by the fact that 26 per cent of all ACS patients in this study required transfer.

The researchers concluded that a focus on integrated clinical service delivery may provide greater translation of evidence to practice and improve ACS outcomes in Australian and New Zealand.

The annual Stawell Prize is awarded for a piece of medical research that is of clinical significance published1 in The Medical Journal of Australia which is original, evidence-based and likely to advance knowledge, influence clinical practice and improve the health of Australians.

Dr Jeffrey Lefkovits accepted the award on behalf of the South Australian team from incoming AMA Victoria President Dr Tony Bartone, who was elected at AMA Victoria’s annual general meeting last month. 

The judges Highly Commended a Monash University team for their study on “Impact on diabetes management of General Practice Management Plans, Team Care Arrangements and reviews”. The lead researcher in this study was Dr Leelani K. Wickramasinghe. 

1. This study was published in the MJA 2013; 199 (3): 185-191.


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