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National Stroke Network Newsletter: March 2019

The National Stroke Data and Quality Days: Wellington 6th & 7th June 2019

6th June - Stroke Rehabilitation Quality Day / 7th June - Acute Stroke Reperfusion Data and Quality Day
The 2019 National Stroke Network Data and Quality Days are an opportunity for health professionals  and service providers to update, share and learn about progress and new initiatives to improve the quality of stroke care in both acute and rehabilitation settings.

Register for one or both days online or using the flyer.

National Stroke Network Appointments

The NSN is pleased to announce the appointment of Julian Waller and Olivia Browne as nursing representatives to the Network.
Julian Waller (South Canterbury DHB) takes up the Acute Stroke Nurse role and is also a member of the South Island Stroke Alliance Group, and Olivia Browne (Hutt Valley DHB) steps into the Stroke Rehab role and sits on the Central Region Stroke Steering Group.  Both Julian and Olivia are Stroke Clinical Nurse Specialists and have a breadth of experience across acute and rehabilitation settings.

Exploring the Role of the Stroke CNS in New Zealand

Stroke nurse Amy Yeo (Counties Manukau DHB) is conducting a research project for her Master’s thesis through the University of Auckland and is interested in hearing from nurses who wish to participate in the study.
Currently the role of the CNS is poorly defined in New Zealand, and there has been no previous attempt to describe the current picture of the Stroke CNS. 
Your participation in this study will help us give a clearer definition of the role of the stroke CNS in New Zealand and it is hoped that the findings of this study will in turn contribute to the further development of this role in the future. 

If you are a Stroke Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) who has been in the role for at least 3 months, we would like to invite you to participate in a research study looking at exploring the role of the Stroke CNS in New Zealand. 
This research project will be supervised by Dr Julia Slark, a senior lecturer from the School of Nursing at the University of Auckland.
Contact Amy if you are interested or would like more information:

Primary Care Representative

The NSN is seeking a primary care representative to fill a recent vacancy.
We aim to appoint in time for the new person to attend the face to face meeting on the 19th March in Wellington. If you would like more information please contact Kate Lila, NSN Administrator:

Regional News - South Island

The South Island Study Day in November was a success with the South Island Alliance posting this article where Debbie Allen talks about "patient to person - enhancing care."

Regional news - Northern Region

The National Stroke Rehabilitation Strategy was socialised with Auckland Metro DHBs and external stakeholders including the Stroke Foundation, Laura Fergusson Trust and AROC, on the 24th January 2019 at the University of Auckland School of Population Health. The workshop was well attended and there was good engagement from regional participants who gave their feedback on various aspects of the strategy.

Stroke Thrombolysis & Clot Retrieval Workshop
Tauranga - 26th February 2019

This interactive workshop is for clinicians and nurses involved in the assessment and management of acute stroke and is sponsored by an SSA Education Grant.
See here for the workshop flyer and registration form or visit the event on our website.

Join the SSA

The Stroke Society of Australia has recently added a New Zealand division. For more information or to become a member, visit the website here. 



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