Workplace Department of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Medical University of Vienna, Austria
Current responsibilities Associate Professor of Paediatrics at the Vienna Medical University
Senior Staff Physician in the Division of Paediatric Cardiology
Head of the Core Unit for Medical Education and Training in Paediatrics.
Involvement in child health care
Paediatrician and Paediatric Cardiologist. Formerly Acting Head of the Division of Paediatric Cardiology in Vienna. Recognized expert in paediatric, congenital and fetal echocardiography. Currently focusing on functional neonatal echocardiography.
Over 30 years´ of teaching experience. Lectured in courses run by the European Society of Cardiology and the Association for Paediatric and Congenital Cardiology (AEPC) in various countries as well as in hospitals in Romania, Siberia and Kazakhstan.
Head of the Core Unit for Medical Education and Training in Paediatrics since 2011.
Particular interesting details of current and past work and /or studies
Participated in humanitarian activities in the field of Paediatric Cardiology and General Paediatrics. Has been running an electronic outpatient service for Eastern European families to facilitate cross border health care in Paediatrics since 2009.
More than 20 years of active participation in the "Psychosocial Care from Fetus to Adult" Working Group of the AEPC, an interdisciplinary and multi-professional group of experts, patients and parents. Chairperson from 1996-2002.This experience provided me with insight into the numerous problems faced by a child and a family living with congenital heart disease.
What makes me keen on participating in this conference?
Through my activities across Europe I became highly aware of inequalities in child care- not only in the subspecialty of Paediatric Cardiology but also in other Paediatric subspecialties and I decided that something has to be done about it.
Two health inequalities that should be dealt with urgently
1. As the economic conditions in South Eastern Europe improve, health-care for critically ill neonates and infants with congenital heart disease should also benefit from that overall improvement.
2. A refocusing of EU regional-assistance and health-care spending to support reimbursement for cross-border health care for paediatric high-end tertiary care in major organ diseases. This would involve cross-border health care at the south-eastern border regions of the EU where welfare and economic ?gradients? exist between the various involved EU-countries.
Aspects where i or my organization could make a useful contribution to one or more aspects of child health inequalities?
I personally strive to make maximum use of my network to reduce inequalities wherever I can, also through my work in the AEPC.
This is supported by my employer, the Vienna Medical University.