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The SMART STROKES 2017 program includes:

  • Four keynote speakers
  • Over 60 Individual Presentations
  • Seven Oral Poster Presentations 
  • Nine Poster Presentations 
  • Six Workshop Presentations

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Wednesday, 9 August 2017

0730-1800 Pre Conference Workshop:

NVRN Prep Course and Test: Acute Neurovascular Nurse Specialist Certification
Anne Alexandrov
Wendy Dusenbury
Skye Coote

 Thursday, 10 August 2017


Registration Open
Room: Garden Terrace Gallery


Room: Garden Terrace Gallery and Garden Terrace


Plenary Session 1
Chairs: Kim Parrey and Alanah Bailey
Room: Ballroom

0900-0905 Welcome and Introductions
0905-0915 Deputy Director-General, Clinical Excellence Division, Department of Health
Dr John Wakefield

0915-0945 Endovascular treatment of Acute Ischaemic Stroke - Mechanical Thrombectomy for major vessel occlusion
Dr Hal Rice
0945-1030 Behaviour change in the implementation of upper limb exercise in stroke
Dr Louise Connell

Morning Tea
Room: Garden Terrace Gallery and Garden Terrace

1100-1230 Concurrent Session 1
  Stream 1 – Post Stroke Vertigo Workshop
Chairs: Kim Hoffman & Mel Godfrey
Room: Waianbah Room

Stream 2 – Implementing Evidence Based Practice
Chairs: Katherine Mohr & Mark Longworth
Room: Verandah Room

Stream 3-  Dysphagia/Aphasia
Chairs: Alexis McMahon & Kaia Leo
Room: Hinterland Room

Stream 4- New Ideas and Innovations
Chairs: Claire O'Connor & Fiona Ryan
Room: Elston Room


Understanding the dizzy stroke patient. Assessment options and treatment strategies for the health professional
Katrina Williams

Key changes in the Clinical Guidelines for Stroke Management 2017 recommendations
Justine Watkins
From 5 to 200 in 6 months. The roll out of sustainable dysphagia screening in the Townsville Health and Hospital Service
Claire Hession
Addressing the recruitment barrier - The establishment of the Hunter Stroke Research Volunteer Register (HSRVR)
Gillian Mason
1115-1130 Research gaps identified in the Clinical Guidelines update: so where to from here?
Justine Watkins
Audits of pre-packaged thickened fluids for stroke patients at Logan Hospital using the Bostwick Consistometer
Jane Ross
Moving To The Music!: Group exercise class incorporating functional movements with music therapy focusing on amplitude and temporal aspects of motor control in functional tasks
Tanya Silveira & Hilary Cox
1130-1145 Are we providing patients with the best achievable care? Update from the Australian Stroke Clinical Registry
Dominique Cadilhac
Swallow screening in acute stroke care: Quality improvement interventions plus change resistance does not equal improved swallow screening rates
Sarah Kuhle
An Inpatient Rehabilitation Enriched Environment for stroke patients
Sian Knight
1145-1200 Evaluation of a clinician lead implementation of clinical guidelines for stroke management with a private health service
Suzy Goodman
Implementing Cough Reflex Testing in a clinical pathway for acute stroke: A pragmatic randomised controlled trial
Makaela Field 
The Efficacy of Repeated Botulinum Toxin Treatment Cycles in the Management of Spasticity Post Stroke  A Systematic Review
Catherine Cave
1200-1215 Do Australian and UK nurses have different roles in thrombolysis administration and does this impact on tPA rates?
Helen Hamilton
Closing the Evidence-Practice Gap: Developing and Piloting a Behaviour Change Intervention in Post-Stroke Aphasia Management
Kirstine Shrubsole
A randomised control trial investigating the efficacy of interactive, motion capture-based rehabilitation in an inpatient stroke population
Anna Tyson
1215-1230   Treatment for people with chronic aphasia investigation of high and low intensity, constraint and multimodal treatments
John Pierce
1230-1315 Lunch & Posters
Room: Garden Terrace Gallery and Garden Terrace
Poster 1 Developing an integrated approach to mood screening for all stroke survivors during the acute and rehabilitation phase
Rebecca Averillo
Poster 2 Effectiveness of psychosocial interventions on stroke survivors, their carers and stroke-carer dyads
Catherine Brasier 
Poster 3 Determining the minimum dose of exercise required to improve cardiorespiratory fitness in stroke survivors: Protocol for the ExDose trial
Margaret Galloway
Poster 4 Transdisciplinary practice among allied health and nursing in a co-located stroke unit - A pilot study design
Leah Ireland
Poster 5 Rehabilitation outcomes of aphasic stroke
Wasuwat Kitisomprayoonkul
Poster 6 An exploration of the factors influencing quality of life for stroke survivors within community rehabilitation
Sarah Patterson
Poster 7 The implementation of modified constraint induced movement therapy in a public hospital
Lauren Rutzou 
Poster 8 Monumental effort! Updating clinical guidelines – the work involved
Justine Watkins
Poster 9 Enhancing early Occupational Therapy management of acute stroke patients
Christy Yu
1315-1445 Concurrent Session 2
  Stream 1 – Workshop – Lets TOAST
Chairs: Donna Jay & Sandy Middleton
Room: Waianbah Room
Stream 2 – Research into Practice Workshop
Chairs: Kelly Anderson & Simeon Dale
Room: Verandah Room
Stream 3 – Multidisciplinary Team Mangement
Chairs: Melissa Gill & Jaclyn Birnie
Room: Hinterland Room

Stream 4 – Education and Technology
Chairs: Mark Longworth & Brett Jones
Room: Elston Room


Let's TOAST!  Classification of Pathogenic Mechanism for Acute Ischemic Stroke
Anne Alexandrov & Skye Coote 
Implementation of best practice/research in the workplace
Elizabeth Lynch
Opportunities for improvement in care plan provision following acute stroke: multilevel analyses from the National Stroke Audit (Acute Services)
Steven McPhail
Teleneuropsychology in Stroke Rehabilitation: a pilot project
Lauren Arthurson
1330-1345 Stroke co-ordinator workloads: does incentive funding payment distribution assist stroke unit staffing requirements?
Sarah Kuhle
Conversations between people with aphasia and speech pathology students via telehealth: Exploring student perceptions on their clinical learning
Emma Finch
 1345-1400 Volunteers A useful addition to subacute inpatient stroke rehabilitation
Natasha Selenitsch
Acceptability and effectiveness of asynchronous telerehabilitation in chronic aphasia
Annie Hill
 1400-1415 Do stroke coordinators influence the delivery of acute care and hospital based patient outcomes?
Tara Purvis
You Can Change Your Brain - An audiovisual resource on Neuroplasticity for patients and carers
Jane Schilling
 1415-1430 Effect of Post- Acute Nurse Led Stroke clinic (PASC) on readmissions rates for TIA/Stroke
Angela Firtko
Enabling better life outcomes for stroke survivors: an interdisciplinary eLearning package for allied health clinicians
Susan Black
 1430-1445 The effectiveness of a student-led outpatient rehabilitation clinic in a hospital setting
Andrew Grady
What role did MAGICapp and GRADE play in the Clinical Guidelines for Stroke Management 2017?
Justine Watkins

Afternoon Tea
Room: Garden Terrace Gallery and Garden Terrace

Room: Ballroom
The effect of moderate-intensity cardiovascular training on fitness, walking, mood & quality of life (QoL) following stroke: a pilot randomised trial
Hanna Reynolds

Out of Hours Effect on Emergency Department Presentation Times for Acute Stroke Patients
Danny Kinsella

Missing Voices: Aboriginal stories of stroke and traumatic brain injury
Elizabeth Armstrong

Does adding rt-PA non-license inclusion and exclusion criteria reduce thrombolysis rates? Findings in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States of America
Louise Craig (presented by Anne Alexandrov)

Barriers and enablers to increasing the amount of practice completed by stroke survivors during inpatient rehabilitation
Claire Stewart

1630-1730 Plenary Session 2
Chairs: Melissa Gill & Kelly Anderson
Room: Ballroom
  Testing neurobiological predictors and principles of aphasia recovery
David Copeland
1900 - 2300 Gala Dinner - Glitter, Glamour, Gold
Room: Ballroom


Friday, 11 August 2017

0830-1700 Registration Open
Room: Garden Terrace Gallery
0830-1700 Exhibition
Room: Garden Terrace Gallery and Garden Terrace

Plenary Session 3
Chairs: Mark Longworth & Kaia Leo
Room: Ballroom

0900-0935 The T3 Trial: Triage, Treatment and Transfer of patients with stroke in Emergency Departments
Sandy Middleton
0935-1030 Cognitive strategy use difficulties experienced by people who have had a stroke
Chris Chapparo
1030-1100 Morning Tea
Room: Garden Terrace Gallery and Garden Terrace
  Concurrent Session 3
1100-1230 Stream 1- Continence Management Workshop
Chairs: Donna Jay & Alexis McMahon
Room: Waianbah Room
Stream 2- Intensity of Practice
Chair: Melanie Godfrey
Room: Verandah Room
Stream 3- Post Stroke Complications
Chair: Ian Meade
Room: Hinterland Room
Stream 4- Oral Poster Session
Chairs: Alanah Bailey & Mark Longworth
Room: Elston Room
1100-1115 Continence management after stroke: enabling & implementing best practice care at a local level
Sarah Kuhle
Can patients tolerate very high dose training during upper limb subacute rehabilitation following stroke?
Paul Bew
Acute Single Channel EEG Predictors of Cognitive Function after Stroke
Anna Aminov
Why didnt all eligible stroke patients receive secondary stroke prevention at hospital discharge?: A GCUH case study
Thienan Phamnguyen
54 South Neuroscience Unit - Detecting AF in the fight against stroke
Jodie Rabaut
Structured Interdisciplinary Bedside Rounds (SIBR)
Koushik Gowda
1115-1130 A systematic review of providing extra rehabilitation on top of usual rehabilitation to improve activity after stroke
Emma Schneider
Implementing a standardised Free Water protocol in a rehabilitation unit: Experiences from a metropolitan hospital
Maria Schwarz
Improving wellbeing and quality of life with a rehabilitation choir for people affected by Stroke
Kate Tabain
1125-1130: Upper limb post stroke: Improving the interdisciplinary assessment and documentation process in a regional health service
Rosemary Nicholson
1130-1145 Out of Bed for Breakfast: Early Morning Physiotherapy to Increase Stroke Survivor Activity
Jessica Dennis
Mood impairment and psychological assessment in stroke rehabilitation in Australia
Tara Purvis
1130-1135: The Use of an Advanced Allied Health Assistant to Improve Outcomes for Patient's with a Stroke at Redcliffe Hospital
Wendy Brown
1135-1140: Cognitive Impairment In Stroke
Sarah Reid
1145-1200 Dose and content of upper limb training in an Australian rehabilitation unit: Better than previously reported yet poorer than recommended
Ashlea Walker
The Identification of Altered Mood After Stroke (IAMAS) project: Improving mood screening rates in acute in-patients post stroke
Di Marsden
1200-1215 Measuring community walking in stroke survivors, what do physiotherapists think?
Neelam Nayak
A Systematic Literature Review of the Evidence for Occupational Therapist’s use of CO-OP in Adult Stroke Rehabilitation
Rosemary Krause
1215-1230 Patient self-directed upper limb practice: Increasing the opportunity for recovery
Stephanie Crabbe
How is sexuality after stroke experienced by stroke survivors and partners of stroke survivors? A systematic review and thematic synthesis of qualitative studies
Sandra Lever
1230-1330 Lunch & Posters
Room: Garden Terrace Gallery and Garden Terrace
  Concurrent Session 4
1330-1500 Stream 1- ASNEN Workshop
Chair: Kim Parrey
Room: Waianbah Room
Stream 2- Cognitive Rehabilitation
Chairs: Kelly Anderson & Fiona Ryan
Room: Verandah Room
Stream 3 – Care Planning
Chair: Di Marsden
Room: Hinterland Room
Stream 4 – Rehabilitation
Chairs: Mark Longworth & Pamela D'Netto
Room: Elston Room

Acute Stroke Nurses Education Network Workshop



Acute Stroke Imaging Interpretation: Interactive case studies
Brett Jones and Dr Andrew Wong


Presentation 2:

Career pathways for stroke nurses. A pathway to Nurse Practitioner and an Australian experience of NET SMART.
Meaghan Osborne and Skye Coote

Improving cognitive strategy use: Prompts to assist better use of cognition during everyday activities
Chris Chapparo


Staffing the Mobile Stroke Unit: Nurse Practitioners Measure Up to Physician-Led Care
Anne Alexandrov 
The effect of movement controlled games-based stroke rehabilitation platform on activity levels during therapy
Anna Tyson
1345-1400 Patient Centred Goal setting in an Early Discharge and Rehabilitation Service leading to positive patient experience
Hannah Yuharif Zuhir
Does use of a functional dynamic orthosis affect hemiplegic shoulder pain?
Paul Bew
1400-1415 Exploring current inpatient practice in transitioning people after stroke from acute to palliative care and in advance care planning: the Plan Assess Understand Survival after Stroke (PAUSe after Stroke) Project
Monique Hourn
Successful Implementation of Constraint Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT): An international study
Lauren Christie
1415-1430 Advance Care Planning with stroke survivors during inpatient rehabilitation can improve documentation of future wishes
Melanie Salaris
Evidence-based rehabilitation interventions for adults with stroke: a systematic review of clinical practice guidelines and appraisal of their quality
Laura Jolliffe
1430-1445 A person centred approach to collaborative goal setting with stroke patients: a pilot program evaluation
Rebecca Barnden
Combined interventions for improving sensory-motor function of the upper limb following stroke: a systematic review
Urvashy Gopaul
1445-1500 Implementation of Individualised Discharge Care Plans for Acute Stroke Patients
Brett Jones
Can a combined subacute and community rehabilitation neurological circuit group improve patient transition and therapist collaboration between both services?
Charlotte Scroggie
1500-1530 Afternoon Tea
Room: Garden Terrace Gallery and Garden Terrace
1530-1630 Plenary Session 4
Chairs: Melanie Godfrey & Alexis McMahon
Room: Ballroom
1530-1630 Predicting motor recovery and outcomes after stroke: Why and How
Cathy Stinear
1630-1645 Conference Closing
Room: Ballroom