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Clinical Guidelines for Stroke Management

The Clinical Guidelines for Stroke Management are evolving 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 used 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).

To save or print the guidelines: 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.

If you have any questions, please contact guidelines@strokefoundation.org.au

Please note: 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 new guidelines.

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.


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



Glossary and abbreviations


Chapter One Pre-hospital care


Chapter Two Early assessment and diagnosis

Chapter Three Acute medical and surgical management


Chapter Four Secondary prevention

Chapter Five Rehabilitation


Chapter Six Managing complications

Chapter Seven Discharge planning and transfer of care

Chapter Eight Community Participation and long-term care


Summary of Clinical Guidelines recommendations (2017) [PDF 543 KB]

Summary of Clinical Guidelines recommendations (2010 vs 2017) [PDF 1.04 MB]

Healthcare professional 2-page summary (2017) [PDF]

Plain English summary for consumers (2017) [PDF]

Discipline Specific Summaries:

Dietetics (2017) [PDF 593 KB]

Emergency department (2017) [PDF 790 KB]

General practitioners (2017) [PDF 858 KB]

Nursing (2017) [PDF 1.02 MB]

Occupational therapy (2017) [PDF 650 KB]

Physiotherapy (2017) [PDF 755 KB]

Psychology (2017) [PDF 631 KB]

Social work (2017) [PDF 603 KB]

Speech pathology (2017) [PDF 645 KB]

Supporting documents:

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people [PDF]

Evidence gaps [PDF]

Technical report [PDF]

Administrative report [PDF]

Dissemination and implementation report [PDF]

Public consultation submissions summary [PDF]

Working Group membership and terms of reference [PDF]

Working Group conflicts of interest [PDF]

Endorsing organisations [PDF]

Implementation Tools:

Clinical guidelines overview [PDF 1.6 MB]


Suggested citation:
Stroke Foundation (2019). Clinical Guidelines for Stroke Management. Melbourne Australia.

© No part of this publication can be reproduced by any process without permission from the Stroke Foundation. August 2019.