StrokeEd Workshops and Publications 2017 to 2021

StrokeEd aims to improve the skills, knowledge and practice of clinicians internationally, so that stroke survivors receive prompt, optimal evidence-based rehabilitation. To achieve this aim, we schedule a variety of workshops and participate in peer reviewed research.  We aim to deliver 20-25 workshops per year, with a mix of topics and some online delivery.

Between 2017 and 2021, the StrokeEd collaboration conducted 139 workshops (up to 38 per year), with an increasing number of online events during 2020 and 2021.

Fewer workshops overall were offered in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which restricted travel and face-to-face delivery. Furthermore, Karl Schurr acquired life-threatening COVID-19 in March 2020, was hospitalised for three months and did not resume teaching until late 2020. The team also began succession planning after Karl’s illness, co-teaching with new clinician researchers who will assume greater responsibility in the years ahead when Annie and Karl retire.

The four key members of StrokeEd continue publishing stroke and rehabilitation research (n=55 peer-reviewed papers over 5 years), which inform workshop and lecture content.

About the StrokeEd Collaboration

Established in 2011, the StrokeEd collaboration is an Australian registered company and education provider. Members of the collaboration offer evidence-based workshops and lectures to improve the skills, knowledge and practice of rehabilitation therapists, and influence the delivery of rehabilitation services to stroke survivors.

StrokeEd collaborators are:

  • Experienced clinicians, educators and active researchers
  • Recognised leaders in their profession
  • Higher research degree graduates (PhD or masters by research)
  • Experienced providers of rehabilitation in public and/or private health
  • Registered physiotherapists and occupational therapists

StrokeEd Directors

  • Dr Simone Dorsch
  • Dr Margaret (‘Annie’) McCluskey
  • Dr Katharine (‘Kate’) Scrivener
  • Karl Schurr

Our Mission

  • To teach evidence-based stroke rehabilitation, in order to optimise recovery post-stroke

Our Vision

  • That physiotherapists, occupational therapists and other rehabilitation professionals have the skills, knowledge, confidence and competence to routinely deliver evidence-based rehabilitation
  • That all stroke survivors receive prompt, evidence-based rehabilitation
StrokeEd workshops

Strategic Plan, 2022-2025

To improve skills, knowledge and practice in stroke rehabilitation, we will:

  • Deliver 20-30 workshops per year; topics include upper and lower limb retraining, increasing the intensity of practice, balance retraining, and translating research into practice
  • Adapt existing workshops for online delivery and create new online workshops
  • Apply adult-learning principles when teaching (ie reflection, personal goal setting, modelling and coaching)
  • Request and use feedback about workshop content and delivery
  • Involve stroke survivors and carers in our workshops, so that therapists can apply skills that have been learned, learn to better collaborate with stroke survivors, and receive feedback about their practice
  • Reduce or waive our fees when teaching in developing countries to enable services to host a workshop,
  • Offer training and/or master classes and lectures at little or no cost
  • Provide free resources including learning modules, lectures, apps, worksheets, critical appraisals, blogs, journal articles and book chapters.

To influence the delivery of stroke rehabilitation services, we will:

  • Deliver workshops in a variety of settings including public and private hospitals, private rehabilitation clinics, universities and online
  • Collaborate with stroke survivors in hospital and community settings
  • Build research capacity within health services
  • Conduct collaborative research with health services, which often involves honours and postgraduate research students
  • Develop, influence and teach into the rehabilitation curriculum at universities for physiotherapists and occupational therapists in Australia and overseas
  • Participate in national committees and working parties, such as the Australian Stroke Guidelines Working Party and Stroke Foundation Clinical Council, Australian Physiotherapy Association and Occupational Therapy Association board/committees

Key Performance Indicators

  • Number of workshops delivered
  • Number of countries represented by registrants at workshop and lectures
  • Number of lecture / workshop recordings uploaded to the StrokeEd website/ Vimeo
  • Google/vimeo analytics
  • Number of notices/blogs/posts on the StrokeEd website and Facebook page about journal articles, conferences and continuing education opportunities, and resources
  • Number of conference presentations by StrokeEd collaborators, associated students and clinicians
  • Invited keynotes and plenary sessions by StrokeEd collaborators
  • Number of publications and presentations by StrokeEd collaborators, associated students and clinicians
  • Research grant income awarded to StrokeEd collaborators and/or their students
  • Number of teaching awards received by StrokeEd collaborators