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SMART STROKES 2021 conference

Australasian Nursing and Allied Health Stroke Conference

12–13 August 2021

Virtual conference

SMART STROKES is excited to announce that the 2021 conference will be held virtually on 12–13 August 2021.

While we regret that circumstances prevented us from holding a physical conference in Brisbane, we are excited about the opportunities an innovative virtual conference offers. SMART STROKES aims to provide you with a scientific and multi-discipline learning experience, encompassing and supporting new presenters as well as established researchers. SMART STROKES provides a platform for all stroke professionals to translate research into practice .

We are looking forward to another successful conference and we hope you join us online.

Keynote speakers

Wendy Dusenbury

Wendy Dusenbury, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, AGACNP-BC, ANVP-BC has 25 years of nursing experience with 20 of those years in advanced practice and nearly half of her career in the study of neurological and neurovascular disease. She has presented and published on topics surrounding acute stroke management both nationally and internationally.

Wendy earned her BSN from Northwestern Oklahoma State University, MSN from Wichita State University, her DNP from University of Alabama-Birmingham, and is currently pursuing her PhD with a research focus in hemorrhagic stroke, at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, Tennessee.

She is currently a Nurse Practitioner for University of Tennessee Clinical Health in Memphis, Tennessee where she works with the acute stroke team, on board the mobile stroke unit, and is the Lead Nurse Practitioner for the Acute Inpatient Tele-Stroke Program.  Wendy also is a Disease Specific Reviewer for the Joint Commission.

Natasha Lannin

Natasha Lannin is a Professor (Neuroscience) with Monash University and Professor (Allied Health) with Alfred Health, Melbourne. She is a current Heart Foundation Future Leader Fellow (2019-2022) investigating translation of clinical practice guidelines into everyday clinical care after Stroke. Working within the Alfred Health hospital network, she conducts clinical trials investigating the effectiveness of rehabilitation interventions as well as translation research into improving the long-term outcomes for those living with an acquired brain injury from stroke or traumatic causes. She has published widely in leading journals such as Stroke, Journal of Epidemiology, and Clinical Rehabilitation, and has received competitive research grants from federal government (including NHMRC), state government (including the Transport Accident Commission) and philanthropic organisations (including the National Stroke Foundation).

About the conference

SMART STROKES is a not-for-profit conference organised by clinicians and researchers for clinicians and researchers with a strong focus on improving the clinical care and management of stroke. Any profit made goes into the SMART STROKES Scholarship fund, which has also received generous education grants. The fund supports delegates to attend subsequent conferences. To date over 3,000 delegates have attended SMART STROKES and over $170,000 have been awarded in scholarships to clinicians from across Australia & New Zealand.

The opportunities

As well as showcasing the work of established clinicians and researchers SMART STROKES encourages and supports novice researchers and presenters. It provides a springboard to related scientific Conferences including the SSA Annual Scientific Meeting and overseas stroke meetings. The networking opportunities support the delivery of best practice stroke care by clinicians being given the opportunity to attend and share ideas, while maintaining an element of fun.