Professor Will Parsonage BMedSc (Hons), MBBS, DM, MRCP, FRACP
Professor Will Parsonage is the Clinical Director for the Australian Centre for Health Services Innovation (AusHSI), at the Queensland University of Technology

Professor Will Parsonage is Clinical Director at the Australian Centre for Health Services Innovation (AusHSI). AusHSI undertakes a broad range of activities to support research for the development of improved health services, and brings together health professionals who can oversee the translation of research ideas into practice.

A practising cardiologist as well as a clinical and health service researcher, Will has been Clinical Director at AusHSI since 2018. Will’s work at AusHSI provides a great counterpoint to his clinical work, allowing him to spend time in collaboration with his innovative and enthusiastic AusHSI colleagues.

Using predominantly observational study designs across a broad range of cardiovascular disease, Will undertakes research in the fields of heart attack detection in people with chest pain and heart disease in pregnancy.

For Will, it’s vital to see these research findings translated into clinical practice and influencing policy on a wider scale. This work has had national and international impact, with findings implemented across Queensland and widely cited in clinical practice guidelines, including those from the European Society of Cardiology and the American College of Cardiology.

As lead of the AusHSI Cardiac Health Services Program, Will has continuing engagement in a number of further studies relating to patients presenting with chest pain as well as being a chief investigator on a number of other projects across the field of cardiovascular disease.

Recently invited to participate in a Lancet Commission on Ischaemic Heart Disease, Will is always looking for opportunities for new collaborations. New ideas and real policy change, Will believes, arise from these strong connections: ‘Today’s early career researchers are tomorrow’s policy-makers’.

Read about Will's latest work on assessing heart attack risk in Indigenous Australians here.