There was substantial interest and good attendance for our recent Stroke Community of Practice Virtual Symposium.
Over 170 individuals registered and there were at least 106 participants attending at any point in time. There was a wide range of attendees representing different disciplines across metropolitan and rural Health as well as private health services and NGOs.
Topics in the first session included post stroke depression, mood and language disorders and their links to each other, as well as to engagement in rehabilitation. We also heard from Rod, a stroke survivor who spoke movingly of his lived experience with stroke and some of the challenges he experienced along his recovery journey.
After the break, staff from the Stroke Foundation reported on the 2019 rehab audit data and where WA sat in relation to key performance targets, representatives from Joondalup Health Campus and Geraldton Hospital provided insights of their quality improvement projects related to the audit criteria and we heard about how the Stroke Foundation can support QI initiatives and the benefit of the ‘Living Stroke Guidelines’.
Our thanks are extended to all the presenters: Dr Alicia Massarotto, Dr Nicky Brosnan, Dr Eric Godecke, Luke Hays, Jo Maxwell, Mercy Chimurambi, Liza Doble, and Rod and his wife Kelly.
Initial feedback from participants included the following comments: “Extremely well organized. The topics varied however I found the topic on Mood Disorders particularly interesting and useful’. (I came away with) … “a greater awareness of mood disorders and their influence on stroke rehabilitation engagement”. (Changes I will make to patient care) ... “Earlier recognition of depression in stroke patients and advocate for appropriate care. Utilising motivational interviewing, looking into providing improved continuity of care between acute-subacute-community care through better communication between teams. Ensuring we utilise aphasia depression screening tools”.
Data from the evaluation will be reviewed and collated to inform planning for future symposiums. With the degree of interest shown in this type of event, TRACS WA are considering holding these twice per year. but also having smaller monthly presentations and discussions via the online Teams platform – Stroke Community of Practice.