Alexia Joachim trained as a professional nurse in Gauteng, South Africa and holds a diploma in General, Community, Psychiatry and Midwifery). Upon graduation, she began her career in the medical wards at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town.
Since 2010 Alexia has been a member of research teams, involved in research projects predominantly in paediatric cardiology. She was a member of the Cape Town-REMEDY study, a global Rheumatic Heart Disease Registry, where she enrolled and managed local participants as well as conducted site visits and training.
Alexia now works as a research nurse co-ordinator at The Children’s Heart Disease Research Unit (CHDRU) which was established in 2015 to facilitate research activities in congenital and paediatric heart disease within the Department of Paediatrics and the Institute of Child Health, under the auspices of the University of Cape Town.
Currently Alexia is involved in projects in the areas of congenital heart disease and rheumatic heart disease. She also works in the cardiology out-patients transitional clinic which developed from a previous study into a project close to her heart.