Watch the new campaign video encouraging Australians to get their blood pressure checked, which is being released to coincide with May Measurement Month and World Hypertension Day.
STEM leaders forge path to stronger Australian Science and technology.
Please see below a link to the Science and Technology Australia Communique calling for science to be a priority platform for the major parties’ campaigns in the next federal election.
HBPRCA would like to encourage members to participate in efforts to promote science as an election issue.
One way to get involved is to volunteer for the STA’s newly launched STEM Ambassador Program. This Program seeks to create a network of capable ambassadors for the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) sector who, with support and training, will each form an ongoing relationship with their local Member of Parliament.
ASMR newsletter out now – Click HERE to view
HBPRCA take out the WHL Notable Achievement in Hypertension Prevention and Control AND James Sharman wins the Rising Star Award in Hypertension Prevention and Control
On World Hypertension Day on May 17 the HBPRCA was honored to receive the notable achievement in hypertension prevention and control, putting Australia on the map in this vital area. An official letter and certificate will follow the announcement and the selection will be announced in the Journal of Clinical hypertension, in the WHL newsletter and on their website. The Australian work will be used as a best practice for other countries to follow.
Additionally, James Sharman won the Rising Star award, a significant achievement, which recognises his unrelenting effort and high energy to improve the health of the Australian population through hypertension prevention and control. Congratulations to both Jim and the HBPRCA!
APCH photo album available
Click here to view photos from the 2015 APCH in Bali, Indonesia
Members Francine Marques and Rachel Climie attend Science Meets Parliament
We were nominated by the HBPRCA executive committee to attend the Science meets Parliament (SmP) forum in Canberra organised by the Science and Technology Australia (STA). Overall, we had a fantastic experience, developed several important communication skills and discussed the importance of science with lots of people, including members of parliament (MPs) and NHMRC CEO (and past HBPRCA president) Prof Warwick Anderson.
On day 1, we learnt how to better communicate our research, in order to engage with the public and politicians. We heard from journalists, political advisers, policy makers, scientists and some people directly involved in increasing the public awareness of science. We had to learn how to communicate our research in 60 seconds, which was challenging but fun! There was a lot of time for questions and plenty of discussions around science, funding and politics. That evening, we had a gala dinner at the Parliament House, where the two of us had a unique opportunity to discuss the current funding situation with leader of opposition the Honourable Bill Shorten, as well as other politicians, fundraisers and scientists.
We spent day 2 at the Parliament House, which was very exciting. Francine had a meeting with House of Representative MP Melissa Parke, and Rachel met Senator Richard Di Natale. They were both very supportive of medical research, and seemed excited by our research in the field of hypertension. We then heard Ian Chubb release an important report about the impact of physics, chemistry and maths on our economy: together they directly contribute $145 billion to the Australian economy each year ($292 billion indirectly, equivalent to 11% of GDP) and 760,000 jobs (7% of all jobs in Australia). We had lunch at the National Press Club, where our chief scientist delivered an inspirational speech about science in Australia (here in full: https://theconversation.com/aspiring-to-something-magnificent-with-science-in-australia-39248). He said we need to be “passionate, patient and consistent” and that “good science will outlive all of us”. We then headed back to Parliament House to watch question time in both the Senate and House of Representatives, and gained even more insight into Australian politics. We also had the opportunity to question Senator Kim Carr, Prof Anderson, Prof Aidan Byrne, Dr Dennis Jensen and Dr Andrew Laming. Following, we personally got to meet with with Prof Anderson, who urged all new investigators to contact their local MPs to increase the awareness and support for medical research. We are already doing that and would like to ask all Australian researchers to join us.
One useful link that the MPs were using was the following website:
This website will identify your local MP who you could then contact directly!
Finally, we would like to thank the HBPRCA and STA for this unique opportunity!
Francine and Rachel
HBPRCA New Investigator Committee
Markus Schlaich tells the Gen about his research in renal denervation – click here to see the Video
NEW Australian guidelines for the management of hypertension are expected to take a lead from Europe in relaxing target blood-pressure levels.
Dr Faline Howes, member of the HBPRCA Executive, comments on the role of GPs in managing blood pressure and potential changes to guidelines. Click here.
The eyes have it – how to detect organ damage in patients with high blood pressure
Advanced digital photography of the blood vessels in the eye can now predict the risk of target organ damage associated with high blood pressure in adults and even in children (4.10.12). Click here.
New system found in the heart has impact on metabolism
Professor Eric Olson from UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas has found that by regulating certain genes in the heart that are involved in energy metabolism there is the surprising impact of changing the metabolism of fats and sugars in the whole body (1.10.12). Click here.
Sitting can be a health hazard
Recent research by Professor David Dunstan and his team, from the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, has found that for overweight Australians, getting up and walking around after sitting for long periods may assist with helping to lower blood pressure. High blood pressure is a major risk factor in heart attack and stroke (30.9.12). Click here.
New dangers about women suffering blood-clotting strokes in the mornings
Today (Sunday, 30 Sept) is the first day of the 24th Scientific Meeting of the International Hypertension Conference in Sydney looking at research advances in high blood pressure, a silent killer which impacts 1 in 4 of the population. Australian researcher, Professor Geoff Head, from Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, will present new findings which show the chance of a woman suffering a blood-clotting stroke amongst those who experience morning surges in their blood pressure is extremely high (30.09.12). Click here.
Ambulatory Blood Pressure monitoring – Ten News 17 May 2012
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High blood pressure can cut your life short
Do you know if you have high blood pressure?
May 17 is World Hypertension Day (WHD) and it is a good time to remember to check your blood pressure. People with high blood pressure may not have symptoms and the first sign that something is amiss, if your high blood pressure is not managed, may be when you suffer a stroke or a heart attack that can leave you severely disabled if not dead (15.05.12). Click here.
Management of hypertension in general practice A qualitative needs assessment of Australian GPs | Aus Family Physician
Dr Faline Howes writes “An earlier study by the authors identified a number of factors that worked against best practice BP management in Australian general practice.
General practitioners felt disenfranchised and removed from the decision making process in research and guideline production. Therefore, in this study we adopted a ‘bottom up’ approach and conducted a needs assessment of GPs to identify and explore strategies to improve the management of hypertension in general practice.” Read more ….
VITAMIN C MAY LOWER BLOOD PRESSURE | Cardiology Update
Professor Bruce Neal, speaking for The High Blood Pressure Research Council of Australia (HBPRCA) said: “The study comes out with pretty clear evidence that … (24.04.12) Click here
DOES AN ASPIRIN A DAY KEEP CANCER AT BAY?
New insights from Professor Peter Rothwell’s group at the University of Oxford indicate that daily aspirin might be effective in preventing several common cancers, especially of the gastrointestinal tract. He will present his findings at the High Blood Pressure Research Council of Australia Annual Scientific Meeting in Perth this week (7.12.11). Click here.
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