Key messages

  • The VSCN supports clinicians to access evidence based stroke education.

The Victorian Stroke Clinical Network (VSCN) has undertaken several activities to implement recommendation 26 of the Stroke care strategy for Victoria, which states: 

‘The capacity of the system should be increased, in accordance with the role delineation of stroke services, to provide safe and high-quality stroke care, enhance workforce capability and provide for future demand.’ 

This is achieved by:

  • developing stroke-specific education programs targeted at both the specialist and general stroke care workforce
  • encouraging and supporting staff providing stroke care to undertake appropriate education, training and research.

The Victorian Stroke Clinical Network (VSCN) has undertaken several activities to implement the recommendation.

Stroke Regional Outreach and Knowledge Exchange (STROKE)

Stakeholders in the stroke pathway across Victoria have the opportunity to engage in monthly teleconference education sessions through the STROKE project.

The sessions primarily consist of de-identified case reviews covering a range of topics to promote delivery of evidence-based care across the state, for example hyper-acute care, thrombolysis, stroke unit care and stroke rehabilitation.

Project aims are to:

  • support all Victorian clinicians to access high quality evidence based education in a user friendly format
  • develop a workforce that is more confident and competent in managing stroke patients
  • improve outcomes for stroke patients.

Evaluation of the program has shown:

  • 89% of participants agreed or strongly agreed that the webinars were useful
  • over 60% or participants reported that as a result of attending the webinars their knowledge of stroke improved and they felt more confident and capable to meet their patients’ needs
  • 92% of participants agreed or strongly agreed that attending the webinars was worthwhile in terms of time and effort saved compared to “in person” learning opportunities.

Eleven webinars are conducted each year, and following the live event, webinars are hosted on the InformMe website.

For more information, email Sonia Denisenko.

Nursing and Allied Health Scholarships

The VSCN provides funding to nursing and allied health professionals to extend their education, knowledge and experience in the field of stroke. Recipients believe these scholarships have supported them to improve their knowledge and practices and have enabled them to feel better able to promote evidence-based stroke care.

Scholarships are now available to nurses and allied health professionals working in stroke care in Victorian health services to attend either of these events:

  • 27TH Annual Scientific Meeting of the Stroke Society of Australasia 23-25 August 2017, Queenstown, NZ.
  • Smart Strokes 2017 Conference to be held at Marriott Gold Coast, QLD from 10-11 August 2017.

Applications are available online

For further information please review the invitation, guidelines and application questions documents in 'Downloads' on this page.

Sexuality after Stroke - an education program

The Sexuality after Stroke (SOX) program is a collaboration between the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University and the Victorian Stroke Network. The program supports stroke clinicians to implement the National Stroke Foundation Clinical Guideline on sexuality after stroke.

In 2013, 16 stroke clinicians from six services attended a series of workshops coaching them through the practical steps involved in improving compliance with the guideline. The program report is available alongside other resources developed including an Interdisciplinary Guide and Organisational Audit Tool.

Webinar

A webinar presentation on the Sexuality after Stroke 2013 program presented for the STROKE education series is available via the InformMe website

Learning package

Enhancing communicative success following stroke - a multimedia problem-based learning package has been developed for healthcare workers (nursing, medical and allied health) with a focus on providing real-life video and case examples of both people with aphasia and dysarthria. It can be used across the continuum of care for education.

Stroke care module

Ballarat Health Services Centre for Nursing and Health Education stroke care module is a 12-week course aimed at nurses looking to incorporate current evidence into practice and is primarily focused on recovery and rehabilitation after stroke. For further details see the Ballarat Health website.

For more information on any of the above programs, please contact Sonia Denisenko, manager, Victorian Stroke Clinical Network via 9096 1297 or stroke.clinicalnetwork@dhhs.vic.gov.au

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