Q & A Panel Members:
The Panel will be facilitated by: Jennifer Fildes M Psychology (MU) CM RN:
Jennifer is a cardiac nurse and coordinates the Cardiac Rehabilitation program at the Prince of Wales Hospital. She is also a Registered Psychologist working part time in private practice.
Professor Chris Semsarian, MB BS PhD MPH FRACP FAHA FCSANZ FHRS:
Professor Semsarian is a Cardiologist at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney and currently Head of the Molecular Cardiology program at the Centenary Institute, Sydney with a specific research focus in the genetic basis of cardiovascular disease. He trained at the University of Sydney, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, and Harvard Medical School. A focus area of his research is in the investigation and prevention of sudden cardiac death in the young, particularly amongst children and young adults. Professor Semsarian has an established research program which is at the interface of basic science and clinical research, with the ultimate goal to prevent the complications of genetic heart diseases in our community.
Kirsten Jennings: B.Sc. MSc (Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation):
Kirsten is an Exercise Physiologist. Kirsten has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science) from the University of Sydney and a Master of Science (Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation) from the University of Western Sydney. Kirsten currently works as a member of Royal North Shore Hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation team. Kirsten has extensive experience and is passionate about the benefits of exercise and is always keen to work with people to help them establish and maintain a regular exercise program specific to their needs and interests.
Martin Dunkerley – ICD Recipient:
Martin completed a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in physiology in 1995. He shortly thereafter opened Energize Fitness. During the following 19 years Martin owned and operated other fitness clubs including: Fitness for Ladies, Energize Express and Forest Squash and Fitness. Martin currently owns Energize Health Club, the Energize Express franchise and has recently established an online fitness service called ”Exercise on Demand.” Being a passionate competitor in many sports, Martin's world was turned upside down in 2009 whilst competing in an A grade bike race. During the race he suffered from a run of Ventricular Tachycardia (VT), crashed and was later diagnosed with cardiomyopathy and an ejection fraction of 27%. Martin’s ICD was implanted in 2009.
Liz Jones – ICD Recipient:
Liz is a busy, successful business woman. After losing a brother age 36, five years later Liz was told “you have a genetic heart condition that can cause sudden cardiac death.” This was the last thing “a fit and healthy Liz Jones” expected doctors to say after what she thought was a “bad faint” at age 34. Liz is now on her second ICD unit and says “I know what it’s like to have to come to terms with a genetic heart condition, an ICD and deal with the questions and concerns of a partner, family and friends.” Over time Liz feels that she has gained understanding of her episodes, her reactions when the ICD triggers and how she manages this.