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Clinical Guidelines for Stroke Management

The Australian and New Zealand Clinical Guidelines for Stroke Management have evolved into living guidelines, updated as new evidence emerges in accordance with the 2011 NHMRC Standard for clinical practice guidelines. They supersede the Clinical Guidelines for Stroke Management 2017.

Review of the Clinical Guidelines uses an internationally recognised approach known as GRADE (Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation), and an innovative guideline development and publishing platform, MAGICapp (Making Grade the Irresistible Choice).

How to use the guidelines

  • When you click on a guideline chapter you will be taken to the magicapp.org website. You may be asked to accept terms and conditions, or load the latest version. If so, please agree and continue to the guidelines.
  • To save or print: Please see How to PDF each chapter (PDF 308 KB). Please note that the guidelines are a living document, so check back regularly to ensure you have the most up-to-date version.
  • Updates: For recent changes and drafts for consultation, please see the list of Living guidelines updates.
  • To see a version history of changes to each topic, please click the exclamation icon version history to the right of the recommendations in MAGICapp.
  • If you have any questions, please contact guidelines@strokefoundation.org.au


The Clinical Guidelines cover the whole continuum of stroke care, across 8 chapters.




Glossary and abbreviations

Chapter 1: Pre-hospital care

Chapter 2: Early assessment and diagnosis

Chapter 3: Acute medical and surgical management

Chapter 4: Secondary prevention

Chapter 5: Rehabilitation

Chapter 6: Managing complications

Chapter 7: Discharge planning and transfer of care

Chapter 8: Community participation and long-term care

Short summaries

Consumer resources

Discipline-specific summaries

Supporting documents

Administrative and technical reports, and other documents required for NHMRC approval, can be found under Guidelines supporting information.

This includes a current list of working group members and other people involved in developing the guidelines.

Implementation tools

In this video, Co-chair of the Guidelines Content Working Group, Assoc. Prof. Coralie English, explains the guidelines for stroke rehabilitation:

Suggested citation

Stroke Foundation (2021). Clinical Guidelines for Stroke Management. Melbourne Australia.

© No part of this publication can be reproduced by any process without permission from the Stroke Foundation. 2021.