Clinical Director/Program Lead – Cardiac
Professor Will Parsonage joined AusHSI as Clinical Director in June 2016, and is Senior Staff Cardiologist at The Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and St Vincent’s Private Hospital Northside.
As Clinical Director, Will contributes to AusHSI’s strategic and clinical leadership, overseeing research policy, maintenance of research clinical standards and AusHSI’s strategic and operational planning and delivery. He also plays an important role in mentoring associated researchers.
Will has a background in clinical and health services research with an ongoing interest in the translation of clinical research into practice. His primary research focus has been on the investigation of patients presenting to hospital emergency departments with chest pain, based on the principle accelerated diagnostic protocols, using clinical risk stratification, biomarkers and non-invasive investigations for coronary heart disease. This work has had national and international impact being widely cited in clinical practice guidelines including those from the European Society of Cardiology and the American College of Cardiology. He successfully co-lead a $2 million clinical redesign project, based on this research, that established faster and safer ways of investigating patients with chest pain across public hospitals in Queensland.
As lead of the AusHSI Cardiac Health Services Program he has continuing engagement in a number of further studies relating to patients presenting with chest pain as well as being a chief investigator on a number of other projects across the field of cardiovascular disease.
Will is a graduate of the University of Nottingham, UK, where he also completed a clinical research fellowship and was awarded the higher degree of Doctor of Medicine before moving to Australia in 2000 to complete clinical cardiology training at The Prince Charles Hospital, Brisbane.
He holds a number of national leadership positions including as a member of the Board of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand, current Chair of the Society’s Quality Standards Committee and was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Australian Cardiac Outcomes Registry in 2020.
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