On Thursday 21 August 2014, The Hon Peter Dutton MP, Minister for Health and Amanda Millar MLC, Member for Northern Victoria officially launched the Victorian Stroke Telemedicine program.
About 50 guests including representatives from Victorian Department of Health, National Stroke Foundation, regional health services and stroke survivors attended the event held at the Kenneth Myer Auditorium at The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health in Parkville.
Guests at Echuca Regional Health also joined the launch via video conference.
Professor Geoffrey Donnan, Director, The Florey, opened the launch and spoke about the benefits of the $9 million Victorian Stroke Telemedicine program, which will improve access to stroke specialist expertise and clot-busting thrombolysis.
Minister Dutton praised the work of The Florey, in particular, Professor Chris Bladin and A/Professor Dominique Cadilhac for the program, which will have a positive impact on the lives of people living with stroke in regional areas.
Guests heard first-hand about the benefits of stroke telemedicine from Dr Glenn Howlett (Executive Director Medical Services) and Craig Frew (ED NUM) at Echuca Regional Health.
Central to the launch was the video of Lois, a stroke survivor. Lois and her family shared their story about how access to stroke specialists and receiving thrombolysis assisted in Lois’ recovery.
Our sincere thanks to Amanda Place, Anna Marcon and Tom Keeble from The Florey along with Lauren Arthurson from Echuca Regional Health in helping make the launch such a success.