Key messages

  • In 2016, the Victorian Stroke Clinical Network provided funding to participating organisations to implement and embed, evidenced based models of care for their subacute or community stroke services.
  • Health services expect to share learning and resources from their projects when they are complete in 2017 and 2018.

About the initiative

Funding has been committed from the Cardiac and Stroke Initiative for Victorian subacute and community stroke services to implement and embed new evidence based models of care. The initiative has funded projects over a maximum of 18 months, commencing in May 2016.

Health services are expected to develop and deliver a sustainable model of stroke care over the time frame, and develop appropriate documentation and presentations to disseminate outcomes to the Victorian stroke community. Sites are encouraged to work across disciplines within their health services, and wherever possible use existing quality and redesign practices. Sites are encouraged to utilise models of care identified by the National Stroke Foundation Rehabilitation Stroke Services Framework 2013, where appropriate.

Successful projects

Successful projects were publically announced in National Stroke week 2016 (September 12 – 18). Subacute Stroke Initiative has committed $1,398,243 to improve stroke care in rehabilitation environments and the funding is spread over 18 projects across 13 health services in metropolitan and regional Victoria.

Project details

Hospitals receiving funding include Austin Health, Barwon Health, Bendigo Health, Eastern Health, Echuca Regional Health, Northeast Health Wangaratta, Northern Health, Peninsula Health, St Vincent’s, the Victorian Paediatric Rehab Service, Werribee Mercy Hospital and Western Health. 

These hospitals will be implementing new stroke care initiatives that best meet the needs of patients in their community, while also sharing their experiences with other health services who can replicate their projects, ensuring stroke survivors across Victoria can benefit

Some projects will deliver a new model of care that will see stroke survivors leave hospital earlier and receive the very best care at home.

Others will develop better learning environments and therapy opportunities while in rehabilitation, web based educational tools to improve clinician knowledge and care guidelines for children with stroke.

A range of projects will address depression, mood and cognitive challenges faced by stroke patients after they are discharged from hospital.  Some projects include telemedicine solutions to provide increased resources to patients in regional Victoria.

More information

For further details about the individual projects and contact details for each please refer to our downloads below, or contact Sonia Denisenko, manager, Victorian Stroke Clinical Network via 9096 1297 or or