Stroke unit coordinators play a vital role in the day to day management of stroke units around Australia. ASNEN believes it is important to promote professional networks between acute stroke nurses and other qualified health professionals who share an interest in acute stroke patient treatment. Through this forum ASNEN members are able to be supported both locally and nationally with education and network opportunities.
The members of ASNEN are key partners in the diagnosis, treatment and process of acute stroke patient management. ASNEN members increasingly bridge the gap between hospital departments by employing a collaborative approach in acute stroke patient care.
ASNEN is made up of a steering committee who represent the majority of states in Australia.
Skye is the Nursing Coordinator of the Melbourne Mobile Stroke Unit at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. She holds a Master’s Degree in Nursing and has an extensive background in Critical Care Nursing as well as stroke. She is a member of the Stroke Foundation’s Clinical Council. Her passion is improving hyperacute stroke care, stroke research and education.
Liz is the Stroke Nurse Practitioner at Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney. Liz has an extensive Neuroscience Nursing background and has a Masters in Nursing, majoring in Nurse Practitioner studies and was endorsed as a Nurse Practitioner in 2010. She has been active in changes to acute stroke management in NSW and was responsible for the implementation of the stroke unit at RNSH in 1997. Liz has been involved in the Stroke Steering Committee with the Agency for Clinical Innovation, NSW, since its inception in 2002 and was the inaugural co-chair during the setting up of stroke units in NSW at that time. Liz has interests in acute stroke nursing, TIA Management and the education of new upcoming stroke nurses.
Tanya is an Acute Stroke Nurse Consultant with Eastern Health, Victoria. She has been working in stroke care since 2010, where she was one of the leads in the development of a stroke service at Latrobe Regional Hospital in Gippsland, Victoria. Since 2012 Tanya has been based at Eastern Health, Victoria- working as the acute stroke nurse. Her focus has been coordinating stroke care, processes and coordinating stroke services at a busy primary stroke centre. She was the lead in the stroke redesign to coordinate stroke care across the 3 sites of Eastern Health.
Meaghan Osborne is a Neurology Nurse Practitioner at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, and completed her Masters of Nursing, Nurse Practitioner at the University of Newcastle. Meaghan has a special interest in stroke and general neurology, particularly in the area of acute stroke management, the deteriorating neuroscience patient and nursing education. As a nurse practitioner she aims to improve the quality of life of Stroke and Neurology patients; delivering expert, holistic, patient centred care across continuum.
Sarah Kuhle is a Stroke Clinical Nurse Consultant & Project Officer for the Queensland Statewide Stroke Clinical Network, & the Queensland Research Coordinator for the University of Newcastle NRHMC funded TACTICS trial. She is a PhD candidate & holds a Master’s Degree in Stroke Management. Sarah has focused on change implementation within Queensland’s acute stroke services, & participates in national research projects, steering committees & reference groups involved with improving stroke care.
New South Wales
Simeon Dale is a Clinical Research Fellow at the Nursing Research Institute. She has 18 years clinical experience in critical care nursing specialising in Neuroscience, in three countries. Simeon currently is working with Professor Sandy Middleton on the Quality in Acute Stroke (QASC) Europe project, which is looking at implementing protocols to manage Fever, Hyperglycaemia and Swallowing dysfunction follow stroke. She was the trial manager on the NHRMC funded trials, the Triage, Treatment and Transfer of patients with stroke in emergency departments & the Quality in Acute Care (QASC) trial. She is also working on the Stroke Living Guidelines with the Stroke Foundation.
Lizzie Dodd is a Stroke Nurse Consultant at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, which provides a comprehensive hyper acute stroke service for South Australia including thrombolysis and endovascular treatments. With around 1400 acute stroke presentations per year, her main role is to run the 24 hour Code Stroke Service, provide training and education to the stroke unit staff, provide information and support to the patients and their families, promote recovery and early discharge planning, data collection, and be involved in the ongoing updating and implementation of the acute stroke management protocols and procedures.
Australian Capital Territory
Brett Jones is currently the Stroke Liaison Nurse for the Canberra Hospital, where he first started working in acute stroke care in 2004. Brett was also involved in setting up Canberra’s newest stroke unit at Calvary Health Care Bruce, and has been involved in an ACT Health project to improve access to hyperacute treatments across the territory. Brett’s primary interests are hyperacute management of stroke, education of healthcare professionals on stroke related issues and research.
Carolyn Harrison is a born and bred Tasmanian and was in the last group to train at the Launceston General Hospital before it went to total university training. Her 30th anniversary since starting nursing was in February this year. The stroke unit started in 2000 and she has been a part of it since its inception but only took over the role of stroke CNC in July 2015. She has done some further study and has an Advanced Diploma in Management and a Graduate Certificate in Neurological Nursing and has been part of the senior nurse team on her ward since 1994. She has two children, Laura 18 and Bailey 14 and enjoys baking and tending to her small suburban veggie patch.