National Stroke Network
The National Stroke Network is a network of clinicians, DHB managers and consumer representatives whose purpose is to provide national clinical leadership to the Ministry of Health and DHBs to achieve provision of high quality, sustainable and comprehensive stroke services from primary prevention through to post-stroke community services for all New Zealanders.
The key functions and objectives of this network are to:
- Represent clinicians in New Zealand on matters relating to stroke and stroke services
- Set a strategic direction for stroke care in New Zealand
- Assist with quality assurance, and
- Provide expert guidance on stroke related issues.
The National Stroke Network was formed in 2011 as a joint Ministry of Health Stroke Foundation initiative to facilitate implementation of the 2010 New Zealand Clinical Guidelines for Stroke Management. The establishment of regional stroke clinical networks was an important mechanism for achieving implementation. In 2018 the group continues its work to improve access to acute stroke care but has increased its efforts to focus more intensively on stroke rehabilitation both inpatient and in the community.