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12th March 2020

Dr Hendriks Is Fighting For Your Heart Health

Dr Jeroen Hendriks’ research into AF

We are thrilled to share news of an appointment to enhance the quality of care in cardiology in South Australia!

The Hospital Research Foundation* (THRF) and Flinders University have co-funded Dr Jeroen Hendriks’ in his new role of Cardiovascular Nursing Chair, the first academic cardiac nursing role to be established in South Australia. Dr Hendriks’ research focuses on integrated care management in atrial fibrillation (AF) and related cardiovascular conditions.

Australian Heart Research together with THRF has proudly funded Dr Hendriks’ lifesaving research into AF, only possible thanks to the support of our valued donors.

Dr Hendriks aims to develop a collaborative of academic and clinical excellence between Flinders and the Central Adelaide Local Health Network by undertaking strategic research in the clinical setting and implementing new models of care delivery.

Initially, he will develop a rapid access, specialised atrial fibrillation clinic at the RAH (iCare-AF Clinic), based on the concept of integrated care, as recommended by the European and Australian guidelines for the management of AF.

The approach is based on four pillars; a patient-centred approach with an active role for the patient in the care process, a multidisciplinary team providing care in collaboration with the patient with important roles for nurses and allied health professionals, eHealth to support the integrated approach and the use of smart technology to support decision making, and lastly, comprehensive treatment.

“Once established, such approach has the potential to use our resources more efficiently, provide optimal evidence-based care, improve clinical and patient outcomes and reduce the burden on the health care system,” Dr Hendriks said.

In line with this, Dr Hendriks is the Principal Investigator for the iCare-AF trial, conducted in collaboration with the Centre for Heart Rhythm Disorders at the University of Adelaide to determine the effectiveness of integrated care management in AF patients.

THRF and Flinders University have also co-funded Dr Annette Briley as the incoming Professor of Midwifery at the Lyell McEwin Hospital and she work will provide evidence-based support for maternity care and midwifery in Adelaide’s northern suburbs.

THRF Chief Executive Paul Flynn says providing better health care and outcomes for all South Australians is only possible with collaborations between industries.

“THRF is committed to fighting for all Australians. The appointment of these two global leaders will enhance the quality of care in two vital areas of healthcare, supported by world-class research for the benefit of patients and their families,” Paul said.

We look forward to updating you on Dr Hendriks’ impact in the future.

*Australian Heart Research is a charity of The Hospital Research Foundation Group