Professional Development

Alice Springs RANZCP & NT PHN Travelling Scholar Program – “Mental Stress Causes Cardiovascular Disease” with Professor Murray Esler AM, FAA

Alice Springs RANZCP & NT PHN Travelling Scholar Program – “Mental Stress Causes Cardiovascular Disease” with Professor Murray Esler AM, FAA

GPs, GP Registrars, Psychiatry Registrars, and Psychiatrists, are invited to join  the RANZCP & the NT PHN for the 2024 Travelling Scholar Program with Professor Murray Esler AM, FAA.


‘Mental stress causes cardiovascular disease’

Who is this event for?

  • GPs, GP Registrars, Psychiatry Registrars & Psychiatrists


Professor Murray Esler, AM, FAA is a renowned clinical cardiologist,  NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow and Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science. He is Head of Clinical Neurotransmitter Research at Melbourne’s Baker Institute and a Consultant Cardiologist at the Alfred Hospital as well as being an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at Monash University.

Professor Murray Esler’s principal research contribution has been the development of isotope dilution methodology to study the human sympathetic nervous system, and the application of this tool in the investigation of the sympathetic neural physiology of circulatory control, aging, exercise and mental stress responses, and the neural cardiovascular pathophysiology of obesity, orthostatic intolerance, panic disorder and depressive illness, cardiac failure and essential hypertension. This research was pivotal to the emergence of the field of human cardiovascular neuroscience.

Learning Objectives

This session will assist participants with:

  • Understanding how mental stress causes heart disease.
  • Understanding the acute triggering of cardiac events, and prevention.
  • Gaining a knowledge of cardiac pathology linked to stress and
    anxiety (e.g. Takosubo cardiomyopathy).
  • Learning how Panic Disorder conveys cardiac risk, and how to
    prevent this.
  • Understanding how occupational stress is a cardiovascular risk
  • Becoming familiar with social isolation and low economic stratum as
    heart risk factors.
  • Understanding how psychotropic drugs can increase cardiac risk.
  • Learning how depressive illness increases heart risk.
  • Understanding the new biology of essential hypertension; mental
    stress, sympathetic nervous system activation, renal denervation.
  • The management of hypertension complicated by psychiatric


Northern Territory HealthPathways offers clinicians clear guidance for assessing and managing a particular symptoms or condition during the point of care. Pathways include information for referrers and requests to services in the local health system.

NT HealthPathways CPD opportunities

RACGP and ACRRM acknowledge HealthPathways as a valuable clinical tool for GPs and have endorsed its use to contribute to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements. HealthPathways provides clinical information for local practitioners and the opportunity to engage in reflective practices to deepen comprehension of patients’ clinical conditions, enhancing overall patient care.
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*One and a half hours of self-reported CPD.
*As a general guide, one hour of active learning equates to one hour of CPD. It is the responsibility of the individual student to calculate how many hours of active learning have been completed. The hours of active learning estimated above should act as a guide to CPD hours.


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24 Jul 2024


5:30 pm - 8:30 pm


DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Alice Springs
82 Barrett Dr, Alice Springs NT 0870

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