Smart Strokes 2022
Keynote Speakers

      Professor Sandy Middleton

      Sandy Middleton is the Professor of Nursing and Director of the Nursing Research Institute at St Vincent’s Health Network Sydney, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne and Australian Catholic University. She is a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Investigator Leadership Fellow.

      Sandy was the lead investigator on the landmark Quality in Acute Stroke Care (QASC) cluster trial demonstrating decreased death and dependency following implementation of nurse-initiated protocols to manage fever, hyperglycaemia and swallowing post-stroke, winning multiple national and international awards. These protocols have now been translated into 64 hospitals in 17 European countries.

      Professor Middleton is Director of the Maridulu Budaryi Gumal Sydney Partnership for Health Education, Research and Enterprise (SPHERE) Implementation Science platform; Director of the Maridulu Budaryi Gumal Nursing and Midwifery Implementation Science Academy and Chair of the Steering Committee of the Australian Stroke Clinical Registry.

      Professor Anna Ranta

      Anna Ranta is a Wellington based academic stroke neurologist whose research focuses on transnational stroke research to optimize stroke care quality and access with a strong passion for addressing health inequities. Her work to date has resulted in 200+ peer reviewed publications.  She has led several large research programs and also collaborates widely with others across Australasia and globally.  She is the Head of Department of Medicine at University of Otago, Wellington, leads the NZ National Stroke Registry, and co-leads the New Zealand National Stroke Clot Retrieval Service Improvement Initiative via a Ministry of Health position.  She is the immediate past Chair of the New Zealand National Stroke Network, the current President of the Neurological Association of New Zealand, the Treasurer of Stroke Society of Australasia, Board Member of the World Stroke Organization, and serves on the editorial boards of Stroke and Neurology.

      Kate Hayward

      Kate Hayward is a Senior Research Fellow in Stroke Recovery in the Departments of Physiotherapy, Medicine and Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, University of Melbourne. Kate is a Dame Kate Campbell Fellow and leads the REPAIR Research Group – Recovery Enrichment and Plasticity to promote Activity In neuroRehabilitation – which seeks to understand the brain-behaviour nexus during recovery after stroke. Using early phase and adaptive clinical trial designs, the REPAIR group study when is the ideal time to start therapy after stroke, how much therapy to provide, and who stands to benefit most from therapy. Kate is currently leading clinical trials funded by the Stroke Foundation and Medical Research Future Fund; collaborating on large international research projects led by colleagues in the USA (funded by the NIH) and Canada (funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research); and is co-Chair of the third international Stroke Recovery and Rehabilitation Roundtable.

      Katharine McBride

      Katharine McBride is a non-Indigenous woman and PhD Candidate, with her research exploring cardiovascular risk and protective factors for Aboriginal women. Katharine’s research spans the continuum of care and applies mixed-method approaches with a focus on translation to practice and policy.

      Vicki is one of Katharine’s mentors and sits on the Aboriginal Women’s Advisory Group for the doctoral program.

      Vicki Wade

      Vicki Wade is a senior Noongar woman with over 40 years experience in health policy and service and system reform at state and national levels. She is currently the Director of RHDAustralia, and has been recognised for her significant contributions to Indigenous cardiovascular health.

      Vicki is a strong advocate for her people following her matriarchal lineage, Vicki’s grandmother was a healer and helped with the Noongar women in birthing on country in the mission and later reserves in south west of Perth, her mother was one of the first enrolled nurses in Perth and her daughter is carrying on the tradition as a doctor.