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Cardiac Community Network: The education interface program – event 6

Complications in cardiothoracic surgery
Mr Ash Hardikar - Head, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Royal Hobart Hospital and Calvary Hospitals, Tasmania
Date & Time:
Tuesday 1 June 2021 6.30pm - 8.00pm
Online (Zoom)
GPs, Practice Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, General Practice Liaison Officers


The Cardiac Community Network has been set up with the aim to improve communication and collaboration between primary and secondary care services, focusing on the management of cardiac related conditions. The Education Interface Program will be delivered state-wide through a video conferencing forum.

The Education Interface Program will aim to achieve the following:

  • Improve interface between primary health and secondary acute care facilities
  • Enable primary health services to support and manage cardiac clients in the community setting, seeking timely secondary opinions through quality referral process
  • Enhance knowledge base of evidence-based models of care relating to specific cardiac conditions
  • Increase awareness of primary and secondary prevention
  • Improved identification of at-risk clients (Australian Absolute Cardiovascular Disease Risk Calculator)


This webinar on complications after cardiothoracic surgery will cover the following two topics:

  • Firstly, common medications after coronary artery bypass surgery, the reasoning, the guidelines and common pitfalls. The aim is to review our own guidelines, provide an overview of what happens in Tasmania and help clinicians develop a logical rationale for the management of patients with ischaemic heart disease.
  • Secondly, we will look at the various antiplatelet and anticoagulation therapies. There are many permutations and combinations and we will review the current evidence, best practice guidelines and common errors that happen.

There will be plenty of time for questions and answers pertaining to the above two topics, as well as other cardiothoracic post-surgical problems.

This is forum six of a nine forum series held from November 2020 to September 2021 covering the following topics:

  • Top 4 Quality Improvement Initiatives in Cardiology
  • ECG Workshop
  • Imaging Made Easy – ECHO Workshop
  • Heart Failure Management
  • Hypertension Management
  • Complications in Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Secondary prevention
  • High Risk Primary Prevention
  • Atrial Fibrillation Management

For further information contact Dr Paul MacIntyre via Amanda Conroy (Personal Assistant) – Amanda.conroy@ths.tas.gov.au  or Tanya Murray tanya.murray@ths.tas.gov.au (ADON – Service Development Program)


Dr Ashutosh (Ash) Hardikar – Head, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Royal Hobart Hospital and Calvary Hospitals, Tasmania.