Clinicians attending our Community of Practice events have been asking us if there is any good online platform to talk and share resources with their public and private sector colleagues. TRACS WA is trialling – a Microsoft Teams-based discussion group, accessible to both public and private sector clinicians, to help Communities of Practice continue online between our face-to-face events and video conferences.

We are starting with the Stroke Community of Practice, followed soon by the Cognitive Impairment Community of Practice. Here's how you can get involved:

Stroke Community of Practice

The Stroke Community of Practice working group had a recent virtual meeting on 11th March. Thanks to all who attended and contributed. A big focus was the launch of the online sharing platform to facilitate networking, sharing of resources and mentoring of staff, both within WA Health and Community Organisations, who work with people who have had a stroke. This is an exciting opportunity as traditionally it has been challenging for people working within different health service providers and organisations to collaborate, share and learn from each other.

You are able to request access to the Stroke Community of Practice here, making sure to select the "Stroke" option, and we'll send you an invite as soon as you are approved.

Getting access will allow you to participate in the mentoring needs survey, which will help inform the development of support and resources in this area. Access will also allow you contribute to the planning and content for the upcoming Stroke Symposium. If you are working in stroke care and would like to be a part of the Stroke Community of Practice working group and attend bimonthly virtual meetings, please contact TRACS WA or simply ask us within Teams.

Cognitive Impairment Community of Practice

The Cognitive Impairment Community of Practice working group had a virtual meeting on the 15th Feb where feedback was shared from the Stakeholder forum held in late November 2020. This identified the key priorities and needs of the CoP including an opportunity to facilitate networking, the sharing of projects, education and resources and support for informal mentoring. At the next meeting we plan to launch the online sharing platform via MS Teams. The next meeting will be on Monday 12th April 12:30-1:30 via MS Teams, please contact TRACS WA if you would like to be involved.