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Heart Foundation appoints national cardiac rehabilitation co-ordinator.

The National Heart Foundation has appointed former Counties Manukau District Health Board (DHB) cardiac nurse Stephanie Muncaster (right) as its national cardiac rehabilitation coordinator. This position focuses on both inpatient (phase 1) and outpatient (phase 2) care, up to 12 weeks after a cardiac event. Improving access to cardiac rehabilitation is a key role for the Heart Foundation.

Muncaster's main role this year is to represent the Heart Foundation on the development of the Heart Guide Aotearoa project, an innovative approach to home-based cardiac rehabilitation. This has been developed over the past year in partnership with Te Hotu Manawa Maori, the Heart Foundation's parallel Maori organisation. The home-based programme will take place over six weeks, facilitated by a trained person. Trainee modules for facilitators will be completed by the end of October, with pilot programmes beginning in six or seven DHBs early next year. Muncaster will also be involved in evaluating the pilot studies.

As Heart Guide Aotearoa is consolidated, Muncaster will move into other work, including liaising with other cardiac rehabilitation nurses on guideline reviews and evidence-based practice. Most of these nurses work within DHBs, though some primary health organisations are developing their own cardiac rehabilitation programmes.

"I am excited about being part of the Heart Foundation's cardiac team and look forward to some challenging work in the projects ahead. I am confident we can continue to improve cardiac rehabilitation both in hospital and out in the community," said Muncaster.

At Counties Manukau DHB, Muncaster was part of the chronic care management team. Prior to that, she was a cardiology research nurse at the University of Auckland. She completed her master's thesis in "living with Heart Failure" through the Auckland University of Technology.
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Title Annotation:News And Events; Stephanie Muncaster
Publication:Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:8NEWZ
Date:Mar 1, 2005
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