Stroke Virtual Symposium
TRACS WA are supporting a new Stroke Community of Practice (CoP) to bring together stakeholders from within and outside of WA Health with a shared passion to improve stroke care in WA across the whole of the patient’s journey.
One of the first activities of the Stroke CoP was a Stroke symposium held virtually on the GoToWebinar platform 22nd October, in partnership with WACHS and Rural Health West. The afternoon was well-attended with over 100 attendees from WACHS, metropolitan health sites and rural GPs. We thank Assoc Prof Erin Godecke who provided the plenary welcome which was an insightful introduction to the symposium. We welcomed a variety of presenters including Sandra Lever from Sydney University and Graythwaite Rehabilitation Service, who provided an overview of how to discuss intimacy and sexuality with clients following a stroke. All presentations were interesting, useful and provide a great resource to clinicians working in stroke care. The recording of each presentation and resources are available on the TRACS website here
A working party met on the 7th December to assist with planning this CoP. This will involve determining working party roles and priorities of the CoP. Thanks to everyone involved for your input and enthusiasm. We plan to hold an event early in 2021, so watch this space!
Cognitive Impairment Community of Practice
On the 26th November, TRACS WA held a virtual stakeholder forum to discuss the formation of a cognitive impairment CoP. Dr Noel Collins, Consultant, Older Adult Psychiatrist from Albany provided a welcome and introduction regarding the need for a community of practice in this area.
The meeting was attended by a wide variety of people from across WA Country Health Service, metro health sites, the Department of Health and non-profit organisations, such as Dementia Training Australia. It was amazing to see such passionate clinicians working in this space, who have great ideas on how to support the wider community of staff working with people who have a cognitive impairment. The workshop identified a great need for a CoP to link clinicians, share resources and provide support to other staff working in this space. Further meetings will be scheduled for 2021.
Does your area need a Community Of Practice?