Marisa’s heart is in helping people with heart failure

Maria DiSerio
Friday, 8 June 2012
Portland District Health’s Marisa DiSerio has returned to work full of new ideas to assist patients with chronic heart failure.

She has attended a three-day training program run by the Heart Research Centre in Melbourne.

Marisa had first attended the centre’s training program three years ago, shortly after she began working in the PDH Hospital Admission Risk Program (HARP), which provided specialised care to patients.

By attending the training program a second time, Marisa was able to gain a deeper insight into how she might improve her work practices.

The centre’s chronic heart failure (CHF) training program is designed to provide participants with additional clinical skills, support by the latest research findings to help patients who have CHF.

CHF is a complex condition with multiple causes.  It is a major cause of disability and can have significant effects upon wellbeing and quality of life.

During the three day course on integrated disease management of CHF, a multi-disciplinary team of experts presented sessions covering each aspect of the condition and its treatment. 

Facilitators included a Cardiologist, Nurse, Physiotherapist, Dietitian and Social Worker.

There are just three people in Marisa’s immediate team, but they work closely with District Nursing and Rehabilitation groups.

Marisa said that Dr James Wong, a Cardiologist at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, gave an excellent session at the training program.

“He just had a gift for explaining things, he was just brilliant” she said of Mr Wong.

Of the course, Marisa said “They covered everything well and were high quality speakers.  We had to travel for five hours and it was certainly worth the trip.”

The Heart Research Centre conducts cutting-edge research into the prevention and management of cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke.

STORY BY Portland Observer

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