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Tanya Badal is the Clinical Research Manager at the Heart Research Institute for the MRFF funded grant ‘An Australian Study of the Outcomes and Burden of Congenital Heart Disease’. This study seeks to profile Australians with congenital heart disease (CHD) to get a clearer picture of how CHD affects patients, carers and the health system. With this knowledge, the Clinical Research Group will use data linkage to understand health care utilisation and delivery to address current gaps in care plans, healthcare guidelines and contribute to the development of new care strategies for patients with CHD.

Tanya’s experience in ‘world first’ cardiac and respiratory studies has refined her interest in whole-of-life care and a patient’s journey through the health system. Her current research interests include defining areas for future research through data linkage and ‘consumer driven’ research to deliver evidence-based healthcare guidelines and strategies.