The VST program has a strong governance process with a Steering Committee, Management Committee, and numerous working groups established to ensure that the project is implemented successfully.
Each committee and working group has specific roles and responsibilities as outlined below:
• Steering Committee: The Steering Committee provides guidance and oversight for all VST program activities. It ensures that funder requirements are fulfilled.
• Management Committee: The Management Committee provides direction and makes decisions to ensure that the project deliverables are met.
• Information Technology (IT) working group: The role of the IT working group is to provide technical advice and support, troubleshooting expertise and provide recommendations on IT matters.
• Medical working group: The role of the medical working group is to provide feedback and direction for the clinical implementation aspects of the program.
• Communication and Education working group: The role of the communications and education working group is to plan and where required, deliver and promote educational activities to ensure the engagement of participants and the effective implementation of the program consistent with the current clinical evidence base for stroke care. This group will also facilitate communication activities with clinicians, researchers, health services, government departments, local communities and the media.
• Research and Evaluation Working Group: The role of the research and evaluation working group is to discuss and provide feedback on the various aspects of the evaluation of the VST Program. This will include, but not be limited to reviewing: the research design, data collection strategies, analysis, and dissemination outputs.
• Financial Sustainability Working Group: The role of the financial sustainability working group is to provide advice on strategies to improve the long term financial sustainability of the VST program. The working group will examine current funding models for delivery of acute telemedicine care to rural and regional hospitals and explore funding models and payment approaches that will enable integration of stroke telemedicine into standard service delivery in the emergency departments of rural and regional hospitals.
• A time limited IT Procurement Advisory Group has been formed to provide advice with regards to finding a technical solution to make the program more efficient (i.e. delivery of audio-visual Picture and Archiving Communication system and clinical notation within the one system).