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Hospitals recognised for stroke care excellence

Hospitals from across regional and metropolitan Australia have been officially recognised for their excellence in caring for and treating patients with stroke.

Announced at the 2022 National Stroke Quality Improvement Workshop in Melbourne, 12 hospitals proudly accepted an Australian Stroke Coalition Quality Stroke Service Excellence Award.

The awards recognised hospitals that achieved best-practice stroke clinical care across several indicators, including treatment with thrombolysis within 60 minutes of hospital arrival, the provision of stroke unit care, and the provision of a discharge care plan. The top performing hospitals recognised are:

  • Townsville Hospital
  • Rockhampton Hospital
  • Cairns Hospital
  • Princess Alexandra Hospital
  • Mackay Hospital
  • Peninsula Health – Frankston Hospital
  • Echuca Regional Health
  • Wimmera Base Hospital
  • West Gippsland Hospital
  • Canberra Health Service
  • Calvary Health Care
  • Mater Hospital Brisbane

Australian Stroke Coalition Co-Chair, Professor Tim Kleinig, congratulated the winning hospitals. “It’s encouraging to see so many hospitals dedicated to providing the best possible care and treatment for survivors of stroke to ensure they’re in the best position to recover well.” Stroke Foundation CEO, Sharon McGowan, says the winning hospitals are leading the way.

“This is an exceptional achievement that should be celebrated and used as the benchmark for others towork towards in future. These hospitals demonstrate the impact of multidisciplinary teams working together to improve outcomes for patients with stroke."

It is estimated more than 27,400 Australians every year will have a stroke for the first time and there are almost 450,000 people living with the effects of stroke in the community.

Ms McGowan says receiving specialist treatment is critical to stroke recovery and gives survivors the best chance of living well after stroke and returning to doing the things they love.

“We know that patients with stroke, who get to hospital quickly and are treated in dedicated stroke units, will have the best chance of survival, recovery and prevention of secondary stroke."

A full list of winners and award criteria is on the ASC website