Clinical Guidelines for Stroke Management 2017
The 2017 Australian Clinical Guidelines for Stroke Management are now available and largely replace the 2010 New Zealand Stroke Guidelines.
These Guidelines were developed with input from New Zealand stroke clinicians including several members of the New Zealand National Stroke Network. The Guidelines focus on scientific evidence to support best practice care and most of what is included in the Australian Guidelines is fully applicable to stroke care in New Zealand.
However, there are a few areas of difference especially as regards models of care and ethnic and 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. Expect this document sometime 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.