Associate Professor Vasiliki Betihavas - Nursing (North Sydney) (Faculty of Health Sciences)

Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor

A/Prof Vasiliki Betihavas received her PhD from Curtin University in 2015 where she was awarded an NHMRC grant to support her PhD candidature. Vasiliki is internationally recognized as an expert in risk prediction of adverse events with a research focus in identifying social determinants of health that contribute to adverse outcomes. An output from her PhD was the creation of a world first risk prediction model that provides an individual with heart failure of their risk of hospital readmission at 28 days and 1 year. Despite the model being created in 2015, it continues to globally hold the highest accuracy in risk prediction for adults. Vasiliki' research aims to identify persons at risk of adverse events with the intention of decreasing exacerbation of disease progression and preventing readmission.


Phone :02 9739 2829 (North Sydney)
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Research Interests

Readmission Risk ; social determinants of health ; Critical Care ; Cardiovascular Disease ; Chronic heart failure ;

Methods Expertise

Mixed methods ; Systematic Reviews ;

Research Projects

Completed Projects

  • Exploring the knowledge, experiences, and current practices of critical care nurses on the administration of supplemental oxygen to non-hypoxic patients presenting with Acute Coronary Syndrome (Undergraduate) (Principal Supervisor)
  • CHF Risk study (PhD) (Chief Investigator)
  • What are the factors associated with nurse-led education on hospitalisation, readmission, quality of life and cost in adults with heart failure (Master) (Principal Supervisor)

Current Projects

  • What are the seasonal differences, in the biomedical, socioeconomic, and demographic characteristics of patients admitted with heart failure? (Undergraduate) (Co-investigator)

Selected Publications

Other information

Ultimately, I would like for patients to be autonomous in their disease management, so as to contribute to collaborative discussions with health care providers that lead to meaningful lives and hopefully prevent readmission to hospital. The disciplines of nursing that I research are care of persons with cardiovascular disease and trauma & injury prevention. Both of these disciplines are aligned with the Australian National Health Priority Areas. These disciplines are considered high priority due to the association of a greater number of Australians being burdened with this disease/injury and the high financial burden to the individual and health care system. I also, believe the burden associated with the psychological impact to the individual and their family needs to be acknowledged. Ultimately, principles founded in social justice and primary health care and a belief that health and education are fundamental human rights and not a privilege for persons who are more fortunate is what drives my research.