Malcolm Fawcett is the Clinical Trials Manager for Flinders Clinical Research, which is part of the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute. Flinders Clinical Research is one of the first groups of researchers to come under SAHMRI, in the Heart Disease theme, and is based at the Flinders Medical Centre.
Previously a tool maker in car manufacturing, in 1994 Malcolm graduated with a Bachelor of Nursing from Flinders University. In 1998 he added to this with a Graduate Certificate in Health (Critical Care Nursing), also from Flinders University. He has also worked as a Registered Nurse in the intensive care unit, with extensive experience in trauma and disaster management and retrievals. He was a member the Intensive Care Education group developing in-house education programs for nurses and was a founding member of the Flinders Medical Centre Retrieval Group.
In 2004, Malcolm moved into cardiology research, as a clinical trials coordinator. In this role, he held a particular interest in studies focusing on interventional cardiology and heart failure.
Malcolm was appointed the Manager of cardiology research in 2009 at the Flinders Medical Centre. In his role of Clinical Trials Manager, Malcolm manages a team of clinical trails research coordinators conducting 28 cardiology research projects. There is a wide range for research conducted at the Flinders Clinical Research in cardiology, including in the areas of heart failure, atrial fibrillation, pacemakers, acute coronary syndrome, interventional cardiology, hypertension, and drug and device trials. The department conducts phase 1, 2 and 3 studies, which enables translation of research into better health outcomes for the community. Three such studies are: Freedom: Future revascularization evaluation in patients with diabetes mellitus: Optimal management of multi-vessel disease.Stich: Protocol for Surgical Treatment for Ischemic Heart (STICH) Failure Trial.Elderly: The relative impact on mortality of guidelines for elderly acute coronary syndrome patients: A case control study.We look forward to hearing of the outcomes of these and other studies conducted by the Flinders Clinical Research, and seeing the translation to improved health services and treatments for South Australians.