Melbourne conference to showcase stroke research


Monday, 21 August, 2023

Melbourne conference to showcase stroke research

Australian and New Zealand stroke researchers are descending on Centrepiece, Melbourne, to share ideas on improving care outcomes and discuss innovations being made in stroke treatment and care.

Being held from 22–25 August at Centrepiece, the combined Smart Strokes Nursing and Allied Health Conference and 32nd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Stroke Society of Australasia will showcase the latest research, including initiatives to close the gap in hospital stroke care, the use of artificial intelligence in communication, enhancing rehabilitation outcomes for First Nations people and improving information for carers.

Professor Tim Kleinig, Stroke Society of Australasia (SSA) President, said the annual event would be “… a great opportunity to have Australasian leaders in the stroke world come together, share ideas and showcase the advancements and bright ideas in the stroke world and how they will have real-world impact”.

The research being showcased looks to address closing the gap in hospital stroke care, the use of artificial intelligence in communication, enhancing rehabilitation outcomes for First Nations people and improving information for carers.

The theme of the event this year is ‘Championing Care’, looking at the patient and the people with lived experiences of stroke, highlighting co-designed research, patient advocacy initiatives and improvements in patient outcomes.

“It’s important to have the patient at the heart of everything we do and the research projects we will be showcasing absolutely highlight that.”

The conference will also feature guest talks from international world leaders in stroke including Professor Michael Hill (Canada), who will discuss enhancing acute ischaemic reperfusion therapies; Professor Lisa Kidd (UK), who will discuss embedding support self-management in stroke care; and Professor Mathew Reeves (US) who will share what he has learned through 20 years’ experience in stroke quality improvement through the US ‘Get with the Guidelines’ program. There will also be a lived experience panel led by the Stroke Foundation.

The full schedule can be found here.

Image credit: iStock.com/kasto80

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