Skip to main content

Tax receipts

Your 2020-2021 tax receipt will be sent mid-July. Contact us if you need to update your details.

Contact us

HRI’s Research Fellow Dr Katrina Giskes has been awarded the NSW & ACT Dr Charlotte Hespe Research Award for her outstanding work as a General Practitioner by GP Synergy.

As part of the Heart Rhythm and Stroke Prevention Group at HRI, Dr Giskes is working towards improving understanding of atrial fibrillation (AF) and the implementation of screening for AF.

AF is a common condition where the heart beats irregularly or rapidly and increases the risk of other complications such as heart failure and stroke. Although AF can have symptoms such as an irregular pulse, heart palpitations, dizziness, tiredness and weakness, people often have no symptoms at all or only experience symptoms some of the time. It is therefore important to diagnose the condition early for correct medical treatment.

Dr Giskes’ research project is called ‘AF TRENDS: Atrial fibrillation treatment, recommendations, electronic decision support and screening’ and is being conducted in conjunction with University of Notre Dame.

GPs work in a time-pressured environment, so to help relieve that pressure, Dr Giskes has come up with an innovative approach for patients to self-screen at screening stations situated in the GP waiting rooms that can integrate with the existing practice software and workflows.

By taking AF screening outside of the GP consultation, we can create more screening opportunities to detect asymptomatic AF in older adults, which will help reduce the incidence of avoidable strokes,” Dr Giskes says.

The breakthrough with this innovation is the integration between the waiting room AF screening station with the GP’s electronic medical records. This means that GP’s can screen for arrythmias in their patients and have the results in the patient’s medical records before the patient has set foot in the consultation room.

This research appeared in the Western Advocate, 25 November 2020.

Support HRI

Today's research is tomorrow's cure.

Every donation to the Heart Research Institute is an investment into the lives of millions. Help make a lasting difference by donating today.

Other ways you can help

EOFY tax receipts will be sent mid-July

Contact us