Mar 05
Speed dating with stroke specialists in Orange

Western NSW Local Health District is excited to partner with the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation, to host a unique workshop for health professionals to network their ideas on stroke services and innovation. (Thursday 8 March 2012)

Stroke Services Coordinator Fiona Ryan said the workshop will be a fantastic opportunity for a range of specialist clinicians to brainstorm and compare notes.

“It’s going to be a fun and informative evening, where participants can have a discussion with some of the state’s leading stroke specialists.

“We’ve gone with a speed dating scenario to not only make sure we cover a wide range of topics, but to ensure we deliver it in an effective manner.” Ms Ryan said.

A wide range of specialists, including a Neurologist, Cardiologist, Radiologist, Emergency Physician and Rehabilitation Physician have dedicated time to attend the evening.

Each specialist will be seated at a table with approximately 5 participants. The specialist will have 15 minutes to address the key aspects of their particular contribution to the care of a patient and answer participant's questions.

“It’s hoped that this innovative forum will facilitate a more active and targeted learning process. After each 15 minutes, the specialist will move to the next table and so on. Participants will be able to target their questions to a range of clinicians and receive the undivided attention of the specialist.” Ms Ryan said.

The audience will be comprised of physicians, GPs, hospital medical staff, medical registrars as well as some Emergency Department and Acute Stroke Unit nursing staff.

Rehabilitation Physician Dr Sumitha Gounden said the aim of the evening is to ensure that we are using up to date evidence based management of TIA and stroke

“We will be looking at a case study in which a patient has suffered a TIA (Transient Ischemic Attack) and then goes on to have a stroke. Identifying a TIA is so important, as it is a warning sign for stroke.  We need to manage it effectively, to then reduce the incidence of stroke.

“We’ll be providing advice on interventions provided by stroke rehabilitation services, including the case study’s progress towards return to work and how he can modify his lifestyle to reduce risk of further stroke.” Dr Gounden said.

The workshop will be held on Thursday 8 March at the Orange Ex-Services Club.


For more information and/or to arrange an interview/photo please contact Stroke Services Coordinator Fiona Ryan on 6369 7399 or 0417 451 997.