Stroke is the second leading cause of death and disability, and affects thousands of Australians each year.1 About 35 000 people each year are admitted to hospital with a stroke, equating to one stroke every 15 minutes.2 Over 375 000 Australians have had a stroke at some time in their lives, with a third sustaining a disability because of their stroke.2
Despite well established guidelines, not all people with stroke receive appropriate treatment and there is variation in the type of care received. There is also evidence that the impact of stroke is greater in some communities than in others. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have twice the rate of hospitalisation for stroke, and are 1.6 times more likely to die from stroke than non-Indigenous Australians.2 People living in remote and very remote areas have 1.4 times the rate of stroke than people living in major cities, and people from the lowest socioeconomic group have 1.3 times the rate of stroke than people from the highest socioeconomic group.2
The Acute Stroke Clinical Care Standard and accompanying resources were launched on 10 June 2015. Watch video presentations from the launch of the Acute Stroke Clinical Care Standard:
The Commission, in collaboration with consumers, clinicians, researchers and health organisations, has developed resources to guide and support implementation of the Acute Stroke Clinical Care Standard.
This resource provides guidance to clinicians and health service managers on delivering appropriate care to people with an acute stroke.
This resource provides a set of suggested indicators to assist with local implementation of the Acute Stroke Clinical Care Standard. Clinicians and health services can use the indicators to monitor the implementation of quality statements, and support improvement as needed.
These resources can be used to promote and explain what the Acute Stroke Clinical Care Standard means to health services, clinicians, patients and their carers.
Why do we need an Acute Stroke Clinical Care Standard? These resources for clinicians and health services explain what each quality statement means, why it matters, and how use of the Clinical Care Standard could improve patient outcomes:
1. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Chronic diseases summary. Canberra: AIHW; 2014
2. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Stroke and its management in Australia: an update. Canberra: AIHW; 2013