The Organising  committee is pleased to announce that the following workshops will be held during the SMART STROKES Conference. All workshops are included in the price of registration.

Workshop 1: Clinicians working with stroke survivors in community settings
Thursday 12 August, 11:30-12:30

Learning objectives:

  1. Share information on group services available through Hunter New England Local Health District’s Community and Aged Care Services Community Stroke Team
  2. Awareness and understanding of Stroke Foundation guidelines relating to secondary prevention after stroke event
  3. Update and outline evidence-based strategies for secondary stroke prevention including physical activity guidelines
  4. Outline how to get a group-based service started and/or modify a program have Telehealth capacity for stroke survivors within health services including how to connect and with stakeholders (eg. referral partners and community-based gyms)
  5. Identify key health service and patient specific outcome measures to include in both usual clinical practice and in research methods to evaluate success of group based programs
  6. Share results from research projects completed by Community Stroke Team in relation to secondary stroke prevention (Supporting Lifestyle and Activity Modification after TIA, (SLAM-TIA)) – pilot data and qualitative work from SLAM-TIA current.
  7. Brainstorm ideas on how to incorporate evidence-based strategies relating to secondary stroke prevention into current health services with/without group-based design



To provide attendees with information and a framework to (i) incorporate secondary prevention into clinical practice and to (ii) evaluate at a service and patient level the effect of providing secondary stroke prevention.


Workshop 2: Managing stroke data at a local level: Using health service information management systems to reduce data burden
Thursday 12 August, 11:30-12:30

Providing quality stroke care relies on quality data to inform the policy, research and change implementation measures that support it.  Often the clinicians tasked with coordinating stroke services are also the clinicians tasked with collating the very data they require to perpetuate the quality cycle. Ensuring the burden of data collection and collation is minimised whilst the quantity and quality is maximised ensures that stroke data utilisation in the quality cycle is maximised.

This workshop outlines a sample of automated methods utilised to identify stroke cases for various dataset, audit and registry inclusion, reduce duplication of data entry, increase accuracy and completeness, and develop systems of automation and point of care collection interfaces. Networking is strongly encouraged, so clinicians with their own methods of improving stroke data entry processes are encouraged to attend, as are those who’d like to improve their own processes locally.

Workshop 3: Everyone has a role: top ten strategies for health professionals for improving communication access and success for people with communication impairment after stroke
Friday 13 August, 11:30-12:30

The cornerstone of quality care and outcomes is effective patient-provider communication. However, people with communication disability are three times more likely to have a preventable adverse event (including falls), and have difficulty communicating their health care needs. For people with communication disability post-stroke (e.g., aphasia, cognitive-communication disorders, dysarthria, dyspraxia), healthcare environments can be challenging. Individuals and families are less likely to be provided with information to understand their care and to be included in their own healthcare decision making. Despite wanting to know how to help, health professionals report a lack of training and resources to communicate effectively with this population, and subsequently, patients experience dissatisfaction with their care, and greatly restricted healthcare interactions. The environment can be noisy and busy and unconducive to ongoing, positive communication for patients and staff.

Communication partner training for all health disciplines and enriched communicative environments can facilitate a more equitable environment for people with communication disability post-stroke, who have worse outcomes than those stroke survivors without communication disability.  This workshop will combine our recent research on multidisciplinary communication partner training (recommended practice in the Stroke Foundation Guidelines) and enriched communicative environments to present our top ten key strategies and resources for improving patient-provider communication for this population. The workshop will cover key communication strategies for health professionals of all disciplines, important behaviour change strategies for speech pathologists and multidisciplinary teams to achieve more communicatively enriched environments as well as further resources to facilitate practice change in clinical contexts. The workshop is designed for speech pathologists and multidisciplinary health professionals as a concise, practical update that will also encourage professionals in the multidisciplinary team to reflect on current practice and future opportunities.

Workshop 4: Establishing a Community of Practice (CoP) for Telehealth to increase opportunities for accessing stroke rehabilitation and support for recovery
Friday 13 August, 11:30-12:30

Intended audience: Clinicians, researchers, and consumers

Background: In 2020, we launched the Australian Telehealth for Stroke Community of Practice, recognising that clinicians needed rapid support to pivot to telehealth practice during COVID-19. The Community of Practice now has >500 members.

Aim of workshop: To build capacity in telerehabilitation after stroke and develop the community of practice (CoP) so that clinicians and researchers can share their knowledge and skills and provide support to each other.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the workshop participants will:

  1. Understand what the Australian Telehealth for stroke Community of Practice is, and how they can become a member.
  2. Understand how to use a decision tool that helps clinicians determine which stroke survivors may be able to engage in telerehabilitation.
  3. Have an opportunity to network, engage and problem solve with leaders in telerehabilitation service delivery in one of three key topic areas (a) successful telerehabilitation use with people with aphasia, b) safety considerations for physical assessments and interventions and c) delivery of upper limb interventions via telerehabilitation)
  4. Understand the latest Stroke Foundation Clinical Practice guideline evidence for the use of telerehabilitation after stroke

Nursing Symposium hosted by Acute Stroke Nurse Education Network (ASNEN)
Friday 13 August, 1600-1700