The Stroke care strategy for Victoria was released in 2007 to provide guidance on the development of stroke care in Victoria for the next 5-10 years. The document is scheduled for revision in 2017.
The Victorian Stroke Clinical Network (VSCN) has focused on implementing recommendations from the strategy and has achieved results in the following key areas.
Key result areas
- An implementation support team (stroke program manager and clinical network facilitators) – recommendations 27 and 28 from the strategy.
- Workforce education, with a focus on regular webinar education sessions, targeted scholarships and development of educational resources – recommendation 26.
- Funding the Australian Stroke Clinical Registry (AuSCR) to provide additional support to Victorian hospitals to commence data collection. Funding health services to develop data extraction solutions to reduce the burden of data collection for stroke – recommendation 10.
- Frameworks for acute stroke transfers for thrombolysis and endovascular clot retrieval (ECR) developed to support access to acute treatments for regional patients – recommendations 19 and 20.
- Promotion of evidence-based practice in the care and management of people experiencing a stroke, including organisation of services, coordination of care, provision of information, clinical best practice and quality improvement initiatives – recommendation 7 and 8.
- Support for public awareness campaigns through a four-year partnership with the National Stroke Foundation for the Victorian FAST campaign – recommendation 2.