Carolyn Astley


  • 505 Citations
  • 10 h-Index
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Carolyn is a registered nurse with a doctorate in public health and is currently Senior Project Coordinator, Academic and Health Science Translation Centre, SAHMRI and Associate Professor, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Flinders University. Her role with SAHMRI is to coordinate the cardiac rehabilitation priority of the SA Translation Centre. Her research interests include cardiovascular health systems research in acute coronary syndromes and secondary prevention. She is part of the SNAPSHOT ACS, HsTroponin, AGRIS and the Flinders University Acute cardiovascular care cardiac rehab research collaborations. She is chair of the SAHMRI Translation Centre Cardiac Rehab audit committee and is interested in implementation of evidence-based interventions to clinical practice.


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SNAPSHOT ACS: an audit of care and management of 4,000 suspected acute coronary syndrome patients admitted to hospital during a 2-week period in May 2012. The SNAPSHOT Systems of care substudy of hospital infrastructure and expertise support and the relationship with guideline performance indicators and clincial outcomes.

HsTroponin study: studied the pretest probability of 4th generation troponin reporting vs 5th generation troponin reporting and its effect on clincian decsion-making and clinical outcomes. 

AGRIS RCT: studies the efficacy of the GRACE risk assessment tool on guideline performance indicators and clinical outcomes in Australian Cardiac Care Units.

The Flinders University REACH collaboration: studying clinician attitudes towards cardiac rehabilitation

Cardiac rehabilitation(CR) collaboration: South Australian clinicians, researchers, Heart Foundation and SA Health collaborating to conduct the state-wide data collection, audit and reporting system to measure service effectiveness and improve uptake of CR in SA.

Education / Academic qualification

PhD, Flinders University

Bachelor's Degree (Honours), Flinders University

Diploma, Sturt College of Advanced Education

External positions

Associate Professor, College of Nursing and Health Science, Flinders University

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Research Output 2006 2018

  • 505 Citations
  • 10 h-Index
  • 31 Article
  • 2 Poster
  • 1 Letter
  • 1 Review article

Expertise and infrastructure capacity impacts acute coronary syndrome outcomes

Astley, C. M., Ranasinghe, I., Brieger, D., Ellis, C. J., Redfern, J., Briffa, T., Aliprandi-Costa, B., Howell, T., Bloomer, S. G., Gamble, G., Driscoll, A., Hyun, K. K., Hammett, C. J. & Chew, D. P. 2018 In : Australian Health Review. 42, 3, p. 277-285 9 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Patient satisfaction with information at discharge.: Discharge information

Franzon, J., Berry, N., Astley, C. M., Tongpeth, J., Wonggam, P., Parajuli, D., Nicholls, S. J. & Clark, R. A. 2018 In : British Journal of Cardiac Nursing. 13, 4

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

2 Citations

Cardiac rehabilitation: Unraveling the complexity of referral and current models of delivery

Astley, C. M., Neubeck, L., Gallagher, R., Berry, N., Du, H., Hill, M. N. & Clark, R. A. 2017 In : Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. 32, 3, p. 236-243 8 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

4 Citations

Cost effectiveness of high-sensitivity troponin compared to conventional troponin among patients presenting with undifferentiated chest pain: A trial based analysis

Kaambwa, B., Ratcliffe, J., Horsfall, M., Astley, C., Karnon, J., Coates, P., Arstall, M., Zeitz, C., Worthley, M., Beltrame, J. & Chew, D. P. 1 Jul 2017 In : International Journal of Cardiology. 238, p. 144-150 7 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Doctor and nurse risk assessment accuracy in patients suspected of acute coronary syndrome in the emergency room.

Chapple, A., Chuang, A., Clark, R. A., Horsfall, M., Blyth, A., Chew, D. & Astley, C. M. 2017

Research output: Research - peer-reviewPoster