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Biography

Jessica Orchard is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer and PhD candidate at the Heart Research Institute and Charles Perkins Centre, The University of Sydney. Jessica's background is in law, with additional qualifications in economics and public health.

Jessica’s PhD research focuses on cardiac screening and implementation, including atrial fibrillation screening and cardiac screening of athletes. She has published on sports injury surveillance and prevention, and is also interested in how the law can be used to promote health policy objectives.

Jessica has 35 peer-reviewed publications (11 as first author), 10 non-peer reviewed publications, an H index of 14 and over 9,200 citations (Google Scholar). She has done 15 conference presentations, including as an invited speaker and in a young investigator award final. She was awarded a Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship in 2017, the CSANZ Travelling Fellowship to the 2018 CSANZ ASM in Brisbane, and received the RACGP/MDA National Best General Practice Research Article in the AFP Journal Award 2015. Jessica became a Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology (FESC) in 2019.

Awards and honours

2018 Winner (co-author) - Inaugural CSANZ Preventative and Clinical Cardiology Prize. Lowres N, Chao T, Chen S, … Orchard J, … Freedman B. High Stroke Risk of Patients Aged ≥65 Years with Screen-Detected Atrial Fibrillation: Collaboration and Meta-Analysis of 15 Screening Studies.

2016 Finalist - Young Investigator Award, European Congress on eCardiology and eHealth, Berlin 2016

2015 Winner (first author) - RACGP/MDA National Best General Practice Research Article in the AFP Journal Award: Orchard J, Freedman SB, Lowres, et al. iPhone ECG screening by practice nurses and receptionists for atrial fibrillation in general practice: the GP-SEARCH qualitative pilot study.

2013 Finalist – The Australian Innovation Awards

2001, 2002 and 2003 Winner - Betty Archdale and Ellen Bundock prizes for academic achievement, the Women’s College, University of Sydney

2002 Dean’s List of Excellence in Academic Performance, University of Sydney, ranked 4th in course

2001 Dean’s List of Excellence in Academic Performance, University of Sydney, ranked 9th in course

Scholarships and grants

2018–2020 CI-C: Investigator Initiated Grant from Bristol Myers Squibb/Pfizer. Screening for atrial fibrillation in rural general practice

2018 CSANZ Travelling Fellowship to the 2018 CSANZ ASM in Brisbane

2017–2020 Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship, 2017

2014–2015 CI-C: Investigator Initiated Grant from a private medical research foundation. GP SEARCH-AF

2004 Grant from the Walter Reid Memorial Fund for studies in the Faculty of Law

2001–2004 Westpac Scholarship and Eurest Scholarship, Women’s College, University of Sydney

Projects

Collaboration with researchers in Oklahoma (USA) to screen for atrial fibrillation in tribal Indian Clinics

Collaboration with researchers in Toyama (Japan) to investigate the incremental yield of annual screening

Collaboration with researchers in Shanghai to screen for atrial fibrillation

Collaboration with Hamburg and Gutenberg Heart studies (Germany) on screening for atrial fibrillation

Collaboration with researchers in Frankfurt Germany about epidemiology of atrial fibrillation

Collaboration with researchers in Royal Melbourne Hospital to detect atrial fibrillation post stroke in Australia, Hong Kong and China (SPOT-AF)

Collaboration with researchers at the Chinese University of Hong Kong to screen for atrial fibrillation

Patient self-screening using a smartphone ECG to identify recurrence of postoperative atrial fibrillation after non-cardiac surgery and medical admissions in Concord Hospital, Royal Perth Hospital, and Gosford Hospital

Collaboration with the Poche Centre to screen for atrial fibrillation in Aboriginal Australians in remote and rural NSW, NT, and WA

Patient self-screening for atrial fibrillation in general practice using screening stations

Atrial Fibrillation Screening, Management, and Guideline-Recommended Therapy (AF-SMART) studies