Cardiac

The Statewide Cardiac Clinical Network (SCCN) was established in 2005. It brings Queensland's cardiac clinicians together to improve cardiac care and outcomes. The steering committee represents the broader membership and meets approximately seven times a year. Working groups progress specific activities under the leadership of the steering committee.

The SCCN aims to improve safety, equity, efficiency and effectiveness in cardiac care.

The role of the network

  • Identify and drive initiatives to improve the quality, safety and effectiveness of cardiac care in Queensland
  • Provide expertise, direction and advice to the Department of Health in relation to cardiac care-related service planning and emerging issues at the local, statewide and national levels
  • Provide expertise, direction and advice to clinicians caring for patients within the domain of cardiac care services
  • Develop an open and supportive environment for clinicians and consumers in relation to cardiac care in Queensland
  • Foster education and research in cardiac care best practice

Current priorities

  • Ministerial Priority (Rapid Results Program) Delivering What Matters in Cardiac Care:
    1. Networked Cardiac service
      Right care/place/time, Hub and spoke partnership, coordinated access to care closer to home, Local responsibility and capacity, Evaluation and improvement
    2. Value for money Procurement
      Savings through collaborative tendering
    3. Appropriate testing and access to Cardiac Report
      eHealth supporting reports to Viewer/ieMR, landing page for Echo; Test Guidelines, Audit of testing; Statewide Request/decision Forms
  • Queensland Cardiac Outcomes Registry (QCOR) and quality program
  • Working with upgrade of Statewide Cardiac Catheter imaging and reporting system, and new Statewide Echocardiography system
  • ECG Flash
    24/7, direct to cardiologist, Clinical Advice and Interpretation project across state
  • Support Qld Action Plan for Better Cardiac Care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People , and Rheumatic Heart Disease Strategy
  • Workforce: Cardiology Advanced Trainee guide, Cardiac Sonography strategy
  • Qld Infrastructure Plan for Interventional Cardiology with System Planning Branch
  • Cardiac Genomics: Statewide Cardiac Genomics Committee and service initiatives
  • Heart Failure and Cardiac Rehabiltiation steering committees and coordinator activities
Last updated: 4 September 2019