Clinical Guidelines and Audit
The National Stroke Foundation work with health professionals is built on the foundation of evidence based practice. Central to this is the Guidelines program and National Stroke Audit program. The Foundation has been developing the Clinical Guidelines for Stroke Management since 2003 and has been measuring adherence to the guidelines through the National Stroke Audit Program since 2007.
National stroke prevention and management guidelines
The Foundation develops the national clinical guidelines that define evidence-based best practice for stroke care. The National Stroke Foundation has also led the development of guidelines for the prevention of cardiovascular disease (including stroke and heart disease) within the National Vascular Disease Prevention Alliance (NVDPA).
- The guidelines are developed in line with strict criteria as defined by the National Health and Medical Council (NHMRC).
- The Foundation develops the Clinical Guidelines following these steps. An Implementing clinical guidelines stroke management 2010 is also available.
National Stroke Audit
The Foundation monitors and measures the delivery of best practice stroke care as described in the Clinical Guidelines for Stroke Management through the National Stroke Audit program. The program is a biennial audit of stroke services in Australia that alternates annually between acute services and rehabilitation services.
Video presentation of the highlights of the National Stroke Audit Rehabilitation Services Report 2014 presented by Dr Michael Pollack, Rehabilitation Medicine Specialist; Director Hunter Stroke Services and member of the NSF Clinical Council