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Jocasta is an Epidemiologist and Health Services Researcher and is an emerging leader in the field of cardiovascular research. Jocasta has expertise in atrial fibrillation (AF), acute cardiovascular events (cardiac arrest, myocardial infarction), disease management, and improving effectiveness and efficiency of health services. Jocasta completed a PhD at Monash University in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine for which she was awarded the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine PhD Thesis Excellence Award 2014 for “an outstanding PhD thesis and its contribution to research”. Jocasta has overseen cardiac registries and has expertise in data linkage and analysis of large datasets. Dr Ball has >50 publications in leading peer-reviewed journals such as The Lancet, BMJ, Circulation and European Heart Journal. Dr Ball is Senior Research Fellow within the Centre of Cardiovascular Research and Education in Therapeutics (CCRET), Monash University, conducting research using major prehospital and hospital cardiac registries, linked data, and clinical trials. Jocasta also holds additional appointments at Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute (Honorary Senior Research Fellow), University of Melbourne (Honorary Research Fellow), and Torrens University (Adjunct Professor). Jocasta is a member of an international cardiovascular epidemiology collaboration at UiT-The Arctic University of Norway where she is a Visiting Academic. In addition, Jocasta is an international partner and network member of the Norwegian Atrial Fibrillation Research Network ( Jocasta’s research has been highly cited including in Austrlaian Government reports, national and international cardiovascular management guidelines and expert consensus statements). Jocasta continues to highlight the evolving burden of cardiac disease, both globally and in Australia. Notably, the primary outcome of the randomised controlled trial at the centre of Jocasta’s PhD (the SAFETY Trial) was published in The Lancet. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Award Date: 22 May 2014

Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Hons), Monash University

Award Date: 6 May 2004

External positions

Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute

Adjunct Professor, Torrens University Australia

Research area keywords

  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Services
  • Registries
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Acute Coronary Syndromes
  • Prehospital care


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