Tasmanian health professionals and researchers have come together with some of Australia’s leading minds in stroke to help build a better health system.
In a first for the state, the forum is being delivered by Stroke Foundation with support from the State Government as part of the ‘Community of Practice’ for stroke.
Stroke Foundation Chief Executive Officer Sharon McGowan said the forum was a vital opportunity for leaders in the field of stroke to share knowledge and plan for better state-wide health services.
“Tasmanians are among Australians at highest risk of stroke, this year alone more than 1,400 strokes will be experienced in the state,” Ms McGowan said.
“Stroke can be treated and it can be beaten, but only if patients can access high quality stroke treatment and ongoing support in their recovery.
“This forum is an important step towards improved health outcomes from stroke.
“Clinicians and researchers are coming together to discuss what is working well within the health system, where improvements can be made and learn of the latest innovations,” she said.
Ms McGowan said there was an opportunity to vastly improve access to stroke treatment and support in the state so more patients survive, avoid disability and recover.
“The Tasmanian Government’s investment in boosting access to stroke services and support is delivering results and the soon to be established stroke telemedicine service will take this further,” she said.
“There is a solid foundation to build upon.”
The ‘Community of Practice’ to improve stroke treatment and care across the state was a key element of the Tasmanian Government’s 2018 record $658 million budget boost to health.