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The Stroke Foundation will keep health professionals up to date with the latest in stroke treatment and care through its 2022 National Webinar Series.

The organisation will host more than 20 free webinars this year to support knowledge gaps about stroke with the goal of improving quality of care for survivors of stroke and their families.

Stroke Foundation Executive Director Marketing John De Rango said the series, a continuation of a successful program in 2021, aims to educate stroke clinicians in hospitals, rehabilitation units, stroke care services and ambulance services.

“Stroke Foundation identified a need for this program, with a study highlighting 34% of hospitals did not consistently use evidence-based guidelines to inform patient care,” Mr De Rango said.

“But it does not need to be this way. Helpful resources are available. These webinars provide an opportunity for health professionals to upskill or refresh their knowledge.”

From July to December 2021, more than 900 health professionals attended the Stroke Foundation National Webinar Series from across the country.

Topics included:

  • introduction to secondary prevention
  • delirium post stroke
  • making the most of your acute audit site report
  • introduction to stroke foundation resources
  • QUIT: Best practice smoking cessation care
  • our stroke journey

It’s estimated more than 27,400 Australians will have a stroke for the first time in their lives in 2022. Of these, many will be in rural and regional areas.

The Stroke Foundation National Webinar Program provides an equitable education opportunity for regional and remote staff, who are less likely to have access to face-to-face professional development than their counterparts are in major cities.

The first webinar for 2022 will be held on 25 January. Health professionals can register through InformMe, the Stroke Foundation’s dedicated website for health professionals working in stroke care.