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Acute audits

About the National Stroke Audit

The National Stroke Audit is a Stroke Foundation initiative delivered as part of the organisation’s commitment to promoting evidence-based stroke care. The National Stroke Audit provides longitudinal data on clinical performance. The National Stroke Audit first commenced in 2007 and each alternate year the Stroke Foundation switches focus between acute stroke services and inpatient rehabilitation services.


National Stroke Audit Acute Services

The National Stroke Audit Acute Services comprises:

  • An Organisational Survey of acute services across Australia. The Organisational Survey assesses the resources required to deliver evidence-based stroke care such as the availability of stroke units, imaging and interdisciplinary staff. The Organisational Survey questions specifically reflect the Acute Stroke Services Framework 2015.

    The Stroke Foundation developed the Acute Stroke Services Framework to guide service planning, monitoring and improvement of appropriate acute stroke services to support the delivery of best practice care as outlined by the Clinical Guidelines for Stroke Management 2010. The document outlines where strokes services should be developed, provides a basis for measuring adequacy of current structures and resources, guides decisions about resource requirements and provides an outline for monitoring of quality of acute stroke care.
  • A Clinical Audit involving the retrospective review of up to 40 consecutive patients admitted to participating acute services during a defined time frame. The Clinical Audit measures the delivery of, and adherence to, evidence-based processes of care outlined in the Clinical Guidelines for Stroke Management 2010 and the Acute Stroke Clinical Care Standard. These processes of care include timely assessment, diagnostic procedures, early interventions, interdisciplinary care and discharge planning. Timing of the delivery of various aspects of care and discharge outcomes is also measured.





Introducing the AuSDaT

The Australian Stroke Data Tool (AuSDaT) has been built to offer hospital clinicians in acute and rehab settings a new single data collection tool for clinical monitoring in stroke care. As part of the rollout, the tool has replaced the existing Stoke Foundation audit tool and is being used by several hundred hospitals (acute and rehabilitation services) to collect Organisational Survey and Clinical Audit data for the National Stroke Audit. Visit the Australian Stroke Coalition website for more information on AuSDaT.

The AuSDaT can be directly accessed at www.ausdat.org.au