Key messages

  • The Stroke Clinical Registry Initiative aims to assist health services to develop data collection and extraction systems to facilitate their clinical registry participation.

The Department of Health and Human Services recognises that clinical quality registries such as the Australian Stroke Clinical Registry (AuSCR) and the Victorian Cardiac Outcomes Registry (VCOR) are important approaches to monitoring and improving the safety, effectiveness, appropriateness and quality of health care. The Victorian Clinical Networks recognise the importance of developing sustainable and efficient systems to support data collection for the purpose of monitoring the quality of care provided by Victorian health services. The Victorian Stroke Clinical Network strongly encourages Victorian health services to participate in AuSCR.

About the initiative

The Stroke Clinical Registry Initiative aims to assist health services to develop data collection and extraction systems to facilitate their clinical registry participation. Grants are expected to fund the development and implementation of appropriate solutions for data extraction from health service information systems, and streamline clinical data collection wherever possible.  On completion the system should reduce the burden of manual data entry to AuSCR and increase capacity for registry participation.

In applying for these funds, health services are expected to establish a reliable electronic data collection tool that:

  • permits automatic extraction of demographic variables from the hospital patient information management system
  • allows entry of clinical variables that measure quality of stroke care (such as stroke subtype, stroke severity, treatment with thrombolysis)
  • enables upload of these data to the AuSCR web-based tool.

Phase 1 of this initiative commenced in July 2015 and six health services received funding to support the implementation of the AuSCR. The successful health services are Alfred Health, Ballarat Health Services, Barwon Health, Eastern Health, Peninsula Health, and St Vincent's Hospital.

Phase 2 of this initiative commenced in February 2016 and five health services received funding. The successful health services were Austin Health, LaTrobe Regional Health Service, Melbourne Health and Northern Health.

More Information

For further information, please contact Paulette Kelly, Victorian Stroke Clinical Network via 9096 1771 or email paulette.kelly@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

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