Improving healthcare through clinical research

The improving healthcare through clinical research award focuses on innovation and achievements in clinical research, which improve the patient experience and outcomes.

Congratulations to Jun Yang, Prof Peter Fuller, Dr Morag Young, Dr Jimmy Shen, Dr Renata Libianto, A/Prof Winston Chong, A/Prof Jim Doery, Dr Nicholas Chee, Elise Forbes & Peta Nuttall for, Precision Medicine for Hypertension:  Early Detection of Primary Aldosteronism.

Hundreds of thousands of Australians are currently living with undiagnosed primary aldosteronism (PA), increasing their risk of strokes, heart attacks and abnormal heart rhythms more than three-fold.

However, if diagnosed correctly, PA can be treated with one targeted medicine and is potentially curable.

This project invited general practitioners (GPs) to actively screen for PA in their hypertensive patients, which has shown that >15% of cases of hypertension may be caused by PA.

This research has transformed how doctors treat hypertension in the future and has improved healthcare with evidence-based protocols, GP education programs, easier access to and enhanced success of PA diagnostic tests. Importantly, hundreds of patients in Victoria have received targeted treatment for the root cause of their hypertension.

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