Staff profile - Andrea Driscoll

Aprof Andrea Driscoll

Position: Associate Professor
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Health
Department: School of Nursing and Midwifery
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 92517212 +61 3 92517212
Email: andrea.driscoll@deakin.edu.au

Biography

Biography

Dr Driscoll is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Deakin University. She is also a heart failure nurse practitioner. Andrea has an established program of research focussing on heart failure, acute and chronic cardiovascular disease, nurse practitioner, workforce, critical care and chronic disease management. She has been awarded a Heart Foundation fellowship to continue her research in heart failure. She is a past recipient of an NHMRC PhD scholarship and NHMRC postdoctoral fellowship.
The aim of her research is to improve evidenced-based practice in cardiovascular disease including the provision of health services and to reduce disparities in health care. Andrea has received several national and international awards for her research. She is a fellow of American Heart Association, fellow of Australian College of Nurse Practitioners and fellow of Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand in recognition of her contributions to cardiovascular nursing through practice, research, and education. She was an executive committee member of the Cardiovascular Nursing Council of Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand for nearly 10 years. She was a past board member of the Victorian Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (VNMBA). Andrea continues her work as an expert advisor on Nurse Practitioners for the VNMBA and her appointment to the hearing panel by the Minister of Health for Victoria.


Affiliations

• Australian College of Critical Care Nurses.
• Victorian Cardiac Nurses Association-President
• Cardiac Society of Australian and New Zealand
• American Heart Association
• European Society of Cardiology
• European Society of Cardiovascular Nurses
• Australian College of Nurse Practitioners


Professional activities

2007-current  Chair of Nursing and Midwifery hearing panels for AHPRA

2012-current National Clinical Issues Committee of Heart Foundation of Australia.

2013-current  Department of Health, Victorian Cardiac Clinical Network- Heart failure

2013-current  Executive committee member of Victorian Chapter of Australian College of Nurse Practitioners

2012-current Australian College of Critical Care Nurses Workforce Advisory panel

2011-current  President of Victorian Cardiac Nurses Association

2009- current  Australian College of Critical Care Nurses Editorial board

2009-current Australian College of Critical Care Nurses Research Advisory panel

2004-2013 Current state representative on Executive committee for Cardiovascular Nurses Council of CSANZ.

2010-2013 Secretary of Heart Failure working group of Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSANZ)

Academic

Teaching Interests

Andrea is Unit Chair in the Master of Nurse Practitioner course.


Conferences and seminars

Last 5 years

1. Driscoll A, McNeil  J, Demos L, Lyubomirsky G,  Tonkin A. Universal health care system: do inequalities in absolute cardiovascular risk exist. National Heart Foundation conference. 2011. Oral presentation.

2. Driscoll A, McNeil  J, Demos L, Lyubomirsky G,  Tonkin A. Universal health care system: do inequalities in absolute cardiovascular risk exist. American Heart Association. 2010. Oral presentation. Rated top 5 of Australian Abstracts submitted. Circulation 2010; 122: A19322

3. Driscoll A, Krum H, Wolfe R, & Tonkin A. Nurse-led titration of beta-blockers can improve outcomes in chronic heart failure patients in the community.  American Heart Association. 2010. Oral presentation. Finalist for Martha Hill prize. Circulation 2009; 120: S416

4. Andrew Tonkin, Julie Yallop, Andrea Driscoll, Andrew Forbes, Joanne Croucher, Bianca Chan, Simon Stewart, Robyn Clark, Luan Huynh, Adam Meehan, Helen Egan, Leon Piterman, Ed Kasper, Henry Krum Does Telephone Support of the Rural & Remote Patient with Heart Failure Improve Clinical Outcomes?: Results of the Chronic Heart Failure Assistance by Telephone (CHAT) Study CHAT 57th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand. 2009. Oral presentation.  Heart, Lung & Circulation 2009;18S:S105

5. Driscoll A, Elsik M, Reid C, Heynen H, Hare DL; Abhayaratna  W; Prior D;O’Donnell D; Kistler P; Bohra S; Krum H. Prevalence of ICD and/or CRT Device Therapy in HF patients: Interim results of an Australian Multicentre Study.57th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand. 2009. Oral presentation. Nursing prize finalist. Heart, Lung & Circulation 2009;18S:S8

6.  Stewart A, Driscoll A, Hare DL. National survey of Australian cardiologists’ beliefs and practice regarding screening, diagnosis and management of depression. 57th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand. 2009. Oral presentation. Affiliate prize finalist. Heart, Lung & Circulation 2009;18S:S5

7. Driscoll A, Davidson PM, Hood S, Huang N, Atherton J, Stewart S, Sindone A, Krum H. Best practice for Australian Chronic Heart Failure management programs. 57th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand. Poster presentation. Heart, Lung & Circulation 2009;18S:S170

8. Driscoll A, Beauchamp A, Pollard G, Tonkin A. Cardiovascular Risk Factors In Coronary Heart Disease Patients In Primary Care In Australia. Heart Foundation conference 2009. Hearts in focus-celebration, collaboration and challenges. Oral presentation.

9. Driscoll A, Tonkin A, Worrall-Carter L, Davidson T, Riegel B, Hare D, & Stewart S.  A higher Program Intensity/complexity score is associated with lower morbidity and mortality in patients participating in heart failure programs. American Heart Association Annual Scientific Meeting  2008. Oral presentation. Circulation 2008; 118: S_768

10. Riegel B, Driscoll A, Suwanno J, Moser D, Dickson VV, Carlson B, Cameron J. Poor Heart Failure self-care is a worldwide problem. American Heart Association Annual Scientific Meeting  2008. Oral presentation. Circulation 2008; 118: S_769

11. Driscoll A, Worrall-Carter L, Davidson T, Riegel B, Hare D, Tonkin A, & Stewart S.  Does more equal less: development of the HF-IS. 56th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand. 2008. Oral presentation. 

12. Driscoll A, Worrall-Carter L, Davidson T, Riegel B, Hare D, Tonkin A, & Stewart S.  Does more equal less: development of the HF-IS. ESC-HF 2008. Oral presentation. ‘Best Research paper’ category

Awards

Awards and prizes

International awards
2011  Awarded an International Fellow of American Heart Association (AHA). AHA is one of the world’s most eminent organizations of cardiovascular and stroke professionals with over 27,000 members and over 16 scientific councils. The fellowship recognizes outstanding contributions in cardiovascular nursing and cardiovascular health, and volunteer leadership/ service within the American Heart Association. Fellows must demonstrate meritorious contributions to cardiovascular nursing through practice, research, and/or education that are recognized on a national level. There are currently 50 AHA Nursing fellows.

2010 Abstract submitted to AHA scientific conference was rated in the top 5 for Australia where only 23% of abstracts overall are accepted for presentation.  The AHA scientific conference is the leading cardiovascular meeting internationally with over 22,000 attendees. The Scientific conference is the largest gathering of scientists and healthcare professionals devoted to the science of cardiovascular disease and stroke and the care of patients suffering from these diseases throughout the world.

2009 Finalist for Martha Hill Early Career Researcher award at AHA Scientific conference.

 

Europe
2008  Finalist for ‘Best research paper’ for a paper presented at European Society of Cardiology-HF, Milan

National awards

Australia
2010 Awarded a ‘National Leadership in Nursing and Midwifery award’ for recognition of my leadership in cardiovascular nursing and the implementation of heart failure nurse-led clinics

2009 Finalist for Best Affiliate research paper at 57th  Annual Scientific Meeting of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand

2009 Awarded an NHMRC postdoctoral training fellowship for 4 years.

2008 Finalist for ‘Best research paper’ for a paper presented at 4th Asian Pacific Congress of Heart Failure: Heart failure in 3D- Drugs, Devices, Diagnostics

2008 Awarded a travelling fellowship from Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand to attend American Heart Association scientific meeting

2005 Received an award for best nursing research paper at Austin Health Research Week. Titled ‘Benchmarks and Evidence based National Clinical guidelines for Heart failure management programs (BENCH Study)- Research design’.

2005 Received an award for best research paper at Deakin University Research Conference. Titled ‘Ethical dilemmas of a large national multicentre study’

2004 National Health & Medical Research Postgraduate Scholarship for 3 years (PhD), Deakin University.
Also offered National Heart Foundation scholarship for 3 years and a Deakin University scholarship.

2004 Finalist in ‘Affiliate presentation prize’ for abstract presented at an International conference 52nd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand in conjunction with XVII World Congress of the International Society for Heart Research ‘Cardiology Bench to Bedside: Evidence and Cost-Effectiveness’

2004  Awarded scholarship from Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand to attend 52nd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand in conjunction with XVII World Congress of the International Society for Heart Research ‘Cardiology Bench to Bedside: Evidence and Cost-Effectiveness’

1995 Received an award from NH&MRC for excellence in data management throughout Australia and New Zealand for the LIPID study.
 


Research

Research interests

Andrea has an established program of research focusing on heart failure, acute and chronic cardiovascular disease, nurse practitioner, workforce, critical care and chronic disease management.


Research grants

2012-2013 PROJECT GRANT: Deakin University
Influence of speciality cardiac nursing on adverse events and costs.
Chief Investigators: Driscoll A, Currey J. Associate Investigators: Davidson P.
 

2012 TRAVELLING FELLOWSHIP: Deakin University- to attend Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand scientific conference.

2012-2013 NBVLL Mona Menzies grant. Does a nurse-led high intensity transitional care program improve outcomes?
Chief Investigators: Driscoll A, Hare DL, Krum H & Srivastava P.
 

2009-2013 NHMRC Postdoctoral Training Fellowship. Budget: $284 000

2008 TRAVELLING FELLOWSHIP: Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand - to attend American Heart Association scientific meeting.

2008-2009 BRIDGING POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP -Monash University.

2008-2011 PROJECT GRANT: National Heart Foundation and Beyond Blue ‘The Melbourne Depression in Heart Failure Collaborative-Medication trial’
Investigators: Hare DL, Clarke D, Krum H,
Associate Investigators: Piterman AM, Driscoll A, Van Gall W.
Budget: $893 581

2008 PROJECT GRANT: Beyond Blue
‘Screening and management of depression in cardiac settings: An examination of clinical practice and a national study of prevalence of screening for depression by cardiologists and their beliefs regarding screening and management’.
Chief Investigators: Hare DL & Driscoll A.
Budget: $72 906.

2008 PROJECT GRANT: Medtronic Australia
‘Prevalence of CRT and ICD therapy in patients admitted to hospital with CHF’
Chief Investigators: Krum H, Reid C, Driscoll A & Elisk M
Budget: $50 000

2008  NURSES MEMORIAL CENTRE:  The effect of improving quality of heart failure programs on patient outcomes. E Oldland, J. Currey, A Driscoll

2007            TRAVELLING SCHOLARSHIP: National Heart Foundation of Australia to travel to Heart Failure society of European Society of Cardiology conference
 

2007 TRAVELLING FELLOWSHIP: Nurses Board of Victoria June Allen
 

2007 PROJECT GRANT: Nurses Board of Victoria major grant
‘Nurse-led medication titration clinic for patients with CHF’. Chief Investigators: Driscoll A, Hare DL, Srivastava P, & Toia D.
Budget: $20,000

2007-2012 PROJECT GRANT: NHMRC Health Services Research grant (ID no.: 418967)‘Which Heart failure Intervention is most Cost-effective & consumer friendly in reducing Hospital care: The WHICH? Study’.
Chief Investigators: Stewart S, Scuffham P, Marwick T, Horowitz J, Krum H, Davidson P, MacDonald P, Reid C.
Associate Investigators: Wade T, Driscoll A, Turner C, Wilson A, Usherwood T, & Rubin G.
Budget: $878,703

2005-2007 PROJECT GRANT: National Heart Foundation Grant-in-aid.
‘National Benchmarking and Evidence based National Clinical guidelines for Heart failure management programs (BENCH Study)’.
Chief Investigators: Driscoll A, Stewart S, Tonkin A, Worrall-Carter L, Hare DL, Davidson P, & Reigel B. ID NO. 3368
Budget: $24 000

2005 PROJECT GRANT: Roche Pharmaceuticals
‘Nurse initiated Medication titration clinic’
Chief Investigators: Hare DL, Srivastava P, Driscoll A, & Toia D.
Budget: $26, 000

2004-2007 POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP: National Health & Medical Research Postgraduate Scholarship for 3 years (PhD). Also offered National Heart Foundation scholarship for 3 years and a Deakin University scholarship.
Budget: $189 000 over 3 years




 


Publications

Publications

Last 4 years

Driscoll A, Srivastava P, Toia D, Gibcus J, Hare DL. Effectiveness of a specialist nurse-led titration clinic on beta-blocker therapy in patients with CHF: The MAXIMISE study. BMC: Research Notes. 2014, 7:668;

Page K, Marwick TH, Lee R, Grenfell R, Abhayaratna W, Aggarwal A, Briffa T, Cameron J, Davidson PM, Driscoll A et al.A systematic approach to chronic heart failure care: a consensus statement. MJA 2014; 201(3): 146-150.

Driscoll A, Currey J, Allen J, George M & Davidson P. New cardiac models of care reduce patient access to specialist nurses: A Victorian cross-sectional pilot study.  Australian Critical Care. 2014; 27:14-27.

Oldland E, Driscoll A, Currey J. High complexity chronic heart failure management programmes: Programme characteristics and 12 month patient outcomes. Collegian 2014; 21(4) 319-326. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.colegn.2013.08.004

Jaarsma T,Stromberg A, Ben Gal T, Cameron J, Driscoll A, et al. Comparison of self-care behaviors of heart failure patients in 15 countries worldwide. Patient Education and Counselling 2013; 92(1):114-120

Krum H & Driscoll A. Heart failure management. MJA.  Accepted 23 Dec 2012


 Driscoll A, Tonkin A, et al. Does more equal less: Complexity of management predicts subsequent outcomes in a prospective cohort study of 573 heart failure patients in Australia. Journal of Clinical Nursing.  2013; 22(11-12):1629-1638

Driscoll A, Currey J, Allen J, George M & Davidson P. In-hospital acute cardiac units: Implications for specialty practice and patient outcomes. Australian Critical Care. Accepted 21 Oct 2012

Driscoll A,  et al. Reducing Risk in Coronary Heart Disease. Are Australian Patients in General Practice Achieving Targets? The CADENCE Study: Coronary Artery Disease in gENeral practice. Internal Medicine Journal 2013; 43(5):526-531

Krum H, Forbes A, Yallop J, Driscoll A, et al. Telephone Support to Rural and Remote Patients with Heart Failure; the Chronic Heart failure Assessment by Telephone (CHAT) study. Cardiovascular therapeutics. 2013; 31(4):230-237

Driscoll A, Currey J, George M & Davidson P. Changes in health service delivery for cardiac patients: Implications for workforce planning and patient outcomes. Australian Critical Care. 2013; 26(2):55-57

 Driscoll A, Currey J, Tonkin A, Krum H.  Nurse-led titration of angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors, beta-adrenergic blocking agents and angiotensin receptor blockers for patients with left ventricular systolic dysfunction. Protocol. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2012, Issue 6. Art. No.: CD009889. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.C D009889. 

 Driscoll A, et al. National nursing registration: A way forward for nurse practitioner endorsement. Journal of American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. 2012;24(3):149-154.

Harvey C, Driscoll A, Keyzer, D. The Discursive Practices of Nurse Practitioner Legislation in Australia. Journal of Advanced Nursing. 2011;67(11):2478-2487

 Driscoll A, et al Evidence-based chronic heart failure management programs: myth or reality. BMJ Quality and Safety. 2011;20:31-37.

Driscoll A, Beauchamp A, Pollard G, Demos L, McNeil J, Tonkin A. Suboptimal management of cardiovascular risk factors in coronary heart disease patients in primary care occurs particularly in women. Internal Medicine Journal. 2011; 41:730-736

Driscoll A, Tonkin A, et al. Development of an evidence-based scoring system (HF-IS) to assess the quality of heart failure programs. Journal of Clinical Nursing.  2011; 20(21):3011–3019

Driscoll A, Krum H, Wolfe R, & Tonkin A. Nurse-led titration of beta-blockers can improve outcomes in chronic heart failure patients in the community. Journal of Cardiac Failure. 2011;17:224-230.


Link to publications

https://www.deakin.edu.au/apps/research/find-a-researcher/16246/A-Prof-Andrea-Driscoll


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