Updated clinical guidelines for stroke management – from pre-hospital to community care – are now available to download, says the National Stroke Network.

Associate Professor Anna Renta, the chair of the network, said the 2017 Australian Clinical Guidelines for Stroke Management focus on scientific evidence to support best practice care and largely replace the current 2010 New Zealand Stroke Guidelines.

She said while most of what was included in the Australian guidelines was fully applicable to stroke care this side of the Tasman there were, however, a few areas of different – especially regarding models of care and ethnic/culturally specific considerations.

“The National Stroke Network is in the process of working through the Australian guidelines to produce a companion document that will highlight some of these areas,” said in a letter to network members.  She said that document would be completed in 2018.

“Meanwhile, please feel free to consult the Australian guideline, but keep in mind that especially some of the not strictly clinical guidance requires a degree of critical appraisal before it is fully adopted locally,” said Renta.

The electronic 2017 guidelines cover the continuum of stroke care and are divided up into eight chapters that can be downloaded individually:

  • Pre-hospital care
  • Early assessment and diagnosis
  • Acute medical and surgical management
  • Secondary prevention
  • Rehabilitation
  • Managing complications
  • Discharge planning and transfer of care
  • Community participation and long-term care

The 2017 Australian Clinical Guidelines for Stroke Management can be viewed and downloaded at the National Stroke Network’s website:



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