05 Oct 2020
Health professionals will focus on improving quality of care for stroke patients at the annual stroke study day on 10 November 2020. The event is being held in Christchurch and delivered jointly by the Stroke Foundation of New Zealand and the South Island Alliance’s stroke services team.
South Island-wide stroke services providers, stroke teams, GPs and practice nurses from across the continuum of care will learn about a wide range of stroke-specific topics, including post-stroke depression and grieving, maximising communication and increasing socialisation for patients with aphasia, as well as strategies for a smooth transition from hospital to home.
The strong line-up of multi-disciplinary speakers are from nursing, speech-language therapy, physiotherapy, social work and occupational therapy. One of the key note speakers is Dan Harvey, a physiotherapist from Southern DHB, who will talk about encouraging independence in rehabilitation and increasing practice outside of therapy.
Dr Carl Hanger, Geriatrician and Stroke Physician at Burwood Hospital in Christchurch and Clinical Senior Lecturer in medicine at the University of Otago, Christchurch, is part of the team organising the event. He says health teams need to encourage patient practice, not only during their rehabilitation sessions, but in-between. “Being actively involved helps to rewire the brain.”
Another keynote speaker, Dr Chris Collins, Canterbury DHB Psychiatrist for Old Age, will cover grieving and depression after a stroke – at what point does it become abnormal? He will also discuss apathy and tiredness vs post-stroke depression.
Social worker Tracy Norman will speak about preparing for the transition from hospital to home, which will cover preparing carers for their role, changing roles within the family unit, ensuring realism vs maintaining optimism, and taking care of yourself. Dr Hanger says many people who experience a stroke struggle with the transition from hospital to home. “Getting it right is essential.”
Andrew Buxton is this year’s consumer, who will speak about his post-stroke experience and journey to recovery. Dr Hanger says the speaker line-up this year is impressive. “I’m really looking forward to listening to all of the presentations. The South Island Stroke Study Day is a great opportunity for health professionals who are wanting to learn more, share ideas and upskill themselves.”
Attendees can join the event via video conference if there is a key contact for their local group who can take registrations and support the local running of the Study Day.