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Vision Statement

As a highly technical and specialised area of medicine, cardiothoracic surgery is constantly advancing in techniques and knowledge base. Integral to this advancement is the requirement to ensure the attainment and maintenance of best practice at an individual and national level.

The Australian and New Zealand Society of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgeons (ANZSCTS) views routine systematic collection of data related to each surgical procedure and the monitoring of that data as the cornerstone of best practice. Surgical performance data is communicated to the Australian cardiac surgery community in the hope that knowledge of performance will lead to improved outcomes. The ANZSCTS Database Steering Committee welcomes feedback from participating sites about how to improve program initiatives.

Participating Sites

There are currently 26 public, and 32 private hospitals contributing to the ANZSCTS Cardiac Surgery Database.

Number of cardiac surgeries per year

Number of surgeries captured in database

Number of participating sites

Governance

The ANZSCTS Cardiac Surgery Database is an initiative of ANZSCTS. The society established the Australasian Cardiac Surgery Research Institution Limited (ACSRI Ltd) to manage the business aspects of the program. The responsibilities of governance are divided between specialised committees, depicted below.

The Steering Committee provides strategic decision-making activities and oversees successful delivery of the project. The Research Committee reviews all requests for data access and use for research purposes, and the Peer Review and Quality Assurance Committee liaises with sites who do not meet performance standards to strategise methods of improvement.

The Centre of Cardiovascular Research and Education in Therapeutics (CCRET), Monash University, manages and maintains the operations of the Database.

Steering Committee

Mr Gil Shardey

Mr Gil Shardey

Chair, ANZSCTS SC / Chair, ASCRI Ltd

Cardiac Surgeon, Cabrini Health

Prof Christopher Reid

Prof Christopher Reid

Data Custodian, ANZSCTS Database / Epidemiologist

Co-Director, Centre of Cardiovascular Research and Education in Therapeutics, Monash University
Prof Julian Smith

Prof Julian Smith

ANZSCTS Surgeon

Head, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery & Clinical Director, Specialty Program, Monash Medical Centre
Dr Trevor Fayers

Dr Trevor Fayers

ANZSCTS EC / ANZSCTS Surgeon

Immediate past president, ANZSCTS EC
Cardiothoracic Surgeon, St Vincent’s Private Northside
A/Prof Jurgen Passage

A/Prof Jurgen Passage

ANZSCTS Surgeon

Head of Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, St John of God Hospital
Mr Andrew Cochrane

Mr Andrew Cochrane

ANZSCTS Surgeon

Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Monash Medical Centre
Mr Andrew Newcomb

Mr Andrew Newcomb

ANZSCTS Surgeon

Director Cardiothoracic Surgery, St Vincent’s Melbourne
Mr Hugh Wolfenden

Mr Hugh Wolfenden

ANZSCTS Surgeon

Director of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Prince of Wales Hospital
Mr Gareth Crouch

Mr Gareth Crouch

ANZSCTS Surgeon

Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Flinders Medical Centre
Dr Christopher Cole

Dr Christopher Cole

ANZSCTS Surgeon

Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Princess Alexandra Hospital

Prof Rob Baker

Prof Rob Baker

Director of Cardiac Surgery Research & Perfusion, Flinders Medical Centre

Mr Ashutosh Hardikar

Mr Ashutosh Hardikar

ANZSCTS Surgeon

Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Royal Hobart Hospital
Dr Alastair McGeorge

Dr Alastair McGeorge

Cardiac Anaesthetist & Intensivist, Auckland City Hospital

A/Prof Siven Seevanayagam

A/Prof Siven Seevanayagam

ANZSCTS Surgeon

Director Cardiothoracic Surgery, Austin Health

Mr Michael Worthington

Mr Michael Worthington

ANZSCTS Surgeon

Director Cardiothoracic Surgery, Royal Adelaide Hospital

A/Prof Rochelle Wynne

A/Prof Rochelle Wynne

Data Manager

Associate Professor, Deakin University

Ms Michelle Cole

Ms Michelle Cole

Data Manager

Peninsula Private Hospital, VIC

Mr Jim Doumtses

Mr Jim Doumtses

Senior Project Officer, System Performance, System Safety Partner

Safer Care Victoria

Prof Susannah Ahern

Prof Susannah Ahern

Head, Registry Science and Research Program

School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University

Dr Jenni Williams-Spence

Dr Jenni Williams-Spence

Program Manager / Research Fellow

ANZSCTS Database Program

Dr Lavinia Tran

Dr Lavinia Tran

Program Manager / Research Fellow

ANZSCTS Database Program

Mrs Angela Brennan

Mrs Angela Brennan

Program Manager

Cardiac Registries

Prof Danny Liew

Prof Danny Liew

Epidemiologist

Co-Director, Centre of Cardiovascular Research and Education in Therapeutics, Monash University
Mr Noah Solman

Mr Noah Solman

Program Coordinator

ANZSCTS Database Program

Ms Jenna McLaren

Ms Jenna McLaren

Program Coordinator

ANZSCTS Database Program

Mrs Nicole Marrow

Mrs Nicole Marrow

Program Coordinator

ANZSCTS Database Program

Apply to Join the Steering Committee

  • Nominee’s Details

  • Please write a short statement about why you would like to join the steering committee.
  • Proposer Details

    Please enter the details of a senior ANZSCTS member who is supporting your application to join the Database Steering Committee.

Data Definitions Manual

Available on request to anzscts@monash.edu 

 

 

A Collaboration Between:

Australian & New Zealand Society of Cardiac & Thoracic Surgeons

ANZSCTS Cardiac Surgery Database

Monash University

Monash Centre of Cardiovascular Research & Education (CCRE) in Therapeutics