Improving women’s knowledge of modifiable cardiovascular risk factors following the diagnosis of a hypertensive disorder of pregnancy.

Research Opportunity
Master of Biomedical Science
Number of Master Places Available
Department / Centre
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Austin Health
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Dr Anthea Lindquist 03 8458 4381 Personal web page
Co-supervisor Email Number Webpage
Dr Roxanne Hastie 03 8458 4381 Personal web page
Dr Stephanie Potenza 03 8458 4381

Summary Women diagnosed with gestational hypertension or pre-eclampsia have double the risk of developing cardiovascular dysfunction over the ensuing 15-year period. This presents an excellent public health and preventative care opportunity for maternity and primary care providers to deliver targeted education to a high-risk population relating to modifiable risk factors for disease prevention, and the need for ongoing screening for cardiovascular disease following a hypertensive diagnosis during a pregnancy. It has been identified that the future implications of a diagnosis of gestational hypertension or pre-eclampsia are not well communicated to women. Out of Australia’s 20 major maternity hospitals, 19 of them do not currently publish patient information outlining the increased health risks for this cohort of women. Therefore, a need exists to fill this gap in the health education of this high-risk cardiovascular cohort.

Project Details

pBased at Mercy Hospital for Women, this retrospective, epidemiological cohort study will identify women diagnosed with preeclampsia or gestational hypertension between 2016-2018. We will invite a subset of women to complete a survey about their post-pregnancy health, health-seeking behaviours and ore-existing knowledge relating to their elevated cardiovascular risk factors. The survey responses will be used to inform the creation of a patient information package regarding future cardiovascular health and risk, to be given to women in future upon their diagnosis of preeclampsia or gestational hypertension. The project has already been submitted for ethical approval.pp ppThis project represents an excellent opportunity for a motivated student to become involved with our emerging perinatal epidemiology group. The successful applicant would be responsible for the management of the online questionnaire collection, data analysis and be first authorship of a manuscript for submission to a peer-reviewed journal. The position would be well-supported by the Perinatal Epidemiology group, including the Research Portfolio Manager, senior Research Fellows and Obstetric clinicians. A clinical background in health is not required. Experience using REDCap and STATA software are an advantage, but not required. There is a possibility of extended work on other projects or undertaking a PhD candidacy at the end of this project, subject to the mutual agreement between the successful candidate and the supervisors. pp ppAnticipated start date: January-February 2022. p

Faculty Research Themes

School Research Themes

Child Health in Medicine, Women's Health

Research Opportunities

Master of Biomedical Science
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Graduate Research application

Honours application

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Department / Centre

Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Research Group / Unit / Centre

Translational Obstetrics Group

Research Node

Austin Health

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