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A Respiratory nurse at Princess Alexandra Hospital has been recognised at this year’s Annual Scientific Meeting of the Pulmonary Hypertension Society of Australia and New Zealand, taking out the top prize for her research into the quality of life of patients with pulmonary artery hypertension.
Clinical Nurse Consultant, Judy Ross has been a nurse at PA for 20 years specialising in lung health and has returned home to Respiratory with a novelty cheque in tow.
“It was very exciting to be recognised at this year’s annual scientific meeting for the research we conducted at PA over the last 18 months.
The patients were monitored at the hospital over 18 months, mostly as outpatients, to measure their quality of life.
“Our research looked into the quality of life and functional capacity for patients with pulmonary hypertension and compared that with their haemodynamic changes,” she said.
“PA Hospital has been recognised as a specialist centre for pulmonary hypertension for a little over 10 years.
“It’s not an overly common condition but it can be very debilitating for patients and it’s an area of care I’m quite passionate about.”
Judy was awarded $1000 for winning Best Poster for her research into the field.