On the weekend of 21st and 22nd October the inaugural Western Australian Stroke Symposium was held at the University of WA Club and Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.
Dr Andrew Wesseldine welcomed both the Hon Roger Cook MLA Deputy Premier; Minister for Health and Dr David Russell-Weisz, Director General WA Health to open the Symposium.
National and state speakers included Professor Chris Levi from NSW, Dr Tim Phillips, Professor David Blacker, Dr Darshan Ghia and Dr Allison Morton whose subjects ranged from the big challenges for the future of stroke care, both nationally and globally to endovascular clot retrieval; interventional stroke treatment and stroke research in WA.
Plenary sessions were held encouraging lively question and answer debates on previous talks and in addition included discussion on some of the challenges of rural AF management. The panels also included Ms Sharon McGowan, CEO Stroke Foundation, Ms Jacqui Ancliffe, Specialist Neurological Physiotherapist, Dr Andrew Jamieson, Clinical Lead SIHI, Associate Professor Merrilee Needham, Head of Neurology FSH, Dr Jason Pierce, Consultant Emergency Department Bunbury Hospital, Dr Stephen Hinton, Head of General Medicine Bunbury Hospital and Dr Tapuwa Musaka, Consultant Neurologist FSH. Concurrent streams held in the afternoon looked at hyper-acute stroke management at SCGH, and stroke rehabilitation led by Associate Professor Chris Etherington-Beer at UWA.
The Symposium dinner on Saturday night proved to be an excellent networking occasion and a highlight was an award presentation to Jacqui Ancliffe by the CEO of the Stroke Foundation in recognition of services to stroke care in WA. Thanks were given to Luke Hays, WA Department of Health, and his team for the first-rate organisation. Dr Wesseldine indicated that he hopes this symposium will now continue as an annual event.