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Tuesday 22 August

Time Pre Meeting workshop: Hyper-acute therapies
Chairs: Anna Ranta, Alan Barber
  Time   Pre Meeting workshop: Rehabilitation 
Chairs: Anna McRae, Erin Godecke
9.30am Pre session tea and coffee    9.00am      NZ stroke rehabilitation improvement initiatives
Anna McRae
10.00am Welcome
Anna Ranta, Alan Barber

10.00am   Rapid fire rehab trials 
8 trials
10.05am NZ national registry data 
Anna Ranta
  11.00am   Morning tea
10.25am Australian stroke clinical registry data 
Dominique Cadilhac
  Research in practice - How to get started: Insights from early career researchers
Liam Johnson 
10.45am NZ telestroke
Anna Ranta
  12.30pm   Lunch 
11.00am Victorian telestroke
Chris Bladin 
  1.15pm   Increasing physical activity and intensity of practice after stroke
Nada Signal and the ACTivity to Improve Outcome after Stroke (ACTIOnS) collaboration (Coralie English, Suzanne Kuys, Sandy Brauer, Niru Mahendran, Lis Preston)
11.15am  NZ clot retrieval implementation 
Alan Barber 
  2.45pm   Therapy dose, intensity and integrity: Current challenges in stroke recovery 
Panel discussion: Nada Signal (lead), Catherine Lang, Coralie English, Erin Godecke 
11.25am Victorian clot retrieval implementation 
Speaker to be advised
  3.15pm   Afternoon tea 
11.35am Queensland clot retrieval implementation 
Andrew Wong 
  3.30pm   Stroke rehabilitation CRE: Network, goals and progress 
Erin Godecke
11.45am Panel discussion 
Anna Ranta,  Chris Bladin,  Alan Barber,  Andrew Wong
  4.30pm   Workshop close 
12.00pm  Lunch         
1.00pm Procedural aspects of clot retrieval 
Stefan Brew
1.30pm Patient selection for clot retrieval
Bruce Campbell
1.50pm Implications of the DAWN Trial
Bruce Campbell 
1.50pm Casses 1 (4)
Bruce Campbell 
2.45pm Afternoon tea         
3.15pm Cases 2 (7)
Alan Barber 
5.00pm Workshop close         

Wednesday 23 August

Time Session
8.30am Mihi Whakatau
  Plenary 1
Chairs: Anna Ranta, Helen Dewey
9.00am  Keynote 1: Latest advances, opportunities, and challenges in acute stroke management
Jeff Saver
9.30am Keynote 2: Bridging acute stroke to neurorehabilitation: Molecular mechanisms of brain repair
S. Thomas Carmichael
10.00am Keynote 3: Current evidence for stroke rehabilitation: what we know now and where we go next 
Catherine Lang 
10.30am Morning tea
  ASNEN/Stroke nursing 
Chairs: Caleb Fergusen, Skye Coote
Acute stroke update
Chairs: Henry Ma, Clare Muller

Increasing activity
Chair: Erin Godecke, Naomi Hopwood
11.00am The Melbourne stroke ambulance experience – a nursing perspective
Skye Coote 

Advances in endovascular clot retrieval therapy and implications of the DAWN trial
Bruce Campbell 

How much and how hard? Exploring intensity and dose in stroke rehabilitation
Nada Signal

11.20am Nurses' role in thrombolysis administration in Australia and UK
Helen Hamilton 
Advances in thrombolytic therapy
Helen Dewey

Patient and clinician perspectives of intensity and dose in stroke rehabilitation
Nada Signal

11.40am The role of the stroke nurse practitioner in acute stroke 
Meagan Osborne 
Advance neuroimaging in acute stroke
Thanh Phan
Patient activity levels during rehabilitation: Control cohort results from AREISSA- A phase II trial for Environmental Enrichment post-stroke
Heidi Janssen
12.00pm Acute Stroke Care (QASC) Europe Project
Simeon Dale, Sandy Middelton

Advances in intracranial hemorrhage management
Steve Davis
Patient and staff perceived barriers to activity during rehabilitation: Control cohort results from AREISSA- A phase II trial for Environmental Enrichment post-stroke
Heidi Janssen
12.20pm Panel discussion Panel discussion Panel discussion  

Early career stroke clinican/scientist luncheon
 12.30pm   My key tips for establishing a career in stroke research
Jeff Saver

 12.40pm   My key tips for establishing a career in stroke research
Catherine Lang

 12.50pm   My key tips for writing successful papers and grants
Helen Dewey

 1.05pm   Emerging Stroke Clinician and Scientist Special Interest Group – a proposal
Kate Hayward 

 1.15pm   Panel discussion
Jeff, Saver, Catherine Lang, Helen Dewey, Kate Hayward, Alan Barber, Nawaf Yassi
  Basic science
Chairs: Darshan Ghia, Renee Turner
Chairs: Julian Waller, Bronwen Pepperell
Acute stroke, ICH and intervention 
Chairs: Candice Delcourt, Teddy Wu
Chairs: Coralie English, Geoff Green 
1.30pm  Free paper  Free paper  Free paper  Free paper
1.40pm  Free paper  Free paper    Free paper  Free paper
1.50pm  Free paper  Free paper  Free paper  Free paper
2.00pm  Free paper  Free paper  Free paper  Free paper
2.10pm  Free paper  Free paper  Free paper  Free paper
2.20pm  Free paper  Free paper  Free paper  Free paper
2.30pm  Free paper  Free paper  Free paper  Free paper
2.40pm  Free paper  Free paper  Free paper  Free paper
2.50pm  Free paper  Free paper  Free paper  Free paper
3.00pm Afternoon tea
  Plenary 2
Chair: Neil Spratt and Jane Maguire
3.30pm Keynote 4: Stimulating recovery after stroke: Smart mice to smarter humans
S. Thomas Carmichael 
4.10pm Excitability changes post-stroke – optimal windows for therapeutic intervention
Andrew Clarkson
4.27pm Cellular and molecular therapies for neurorestoration post-stroke
Simon Koblar
4.44pm  Motor recovery after stroke is better predicted by corticospinal tract integrity than therapy dose
Cathy Stinear
5.00pm  Clinical Guidelines for Stroke Management 2017 – the new and improved version!
Bruce Campbell, Coralie English, Justine Watkins
5.30 - 7.30pm Welcome reception & poster viewing
Venue: Copthorne Hotel 

Thursday 24 August

Time Session
 7.00am Fun run (for the very tough) 
 8.00am SSA AGM
  Plenary 3
Chairs: Julia Slark, Alan Barber
 9.00am  Keynote 5: Stroke outcome measures
Jeff Saver
 9.25am  Excellence in stroke oration
Amanda Thrift 
 10.10am  TIPS trial
Chris Levi
 10.20am  T3 trial
Sandy Middleton 
 10.30am  Morning tea      
  Health service delivery and telehealth
Chairs: Martin Krause, Dominique Cadilhac
Epidemiology, risk factors and TIA
Chairs: Jeremy Lanford, Beata Bajorek
Chairs: Andrew Bivard, Andrew Wong
Community care 
Chairs: Craig Anderson, Shaloo Singhal
 11.00am  Free paper  Free paper  Free paper  Free paper
 11.10am  Free paper  Free paper  Free paper  Free paper
 11.20am  Free paper  Free paper  Free paper  Free paper
 11.30am  Free paper  Free paper  Free paper  Free paper
 11.40am  Free paper  Free paper  Free paper  Free paper
 11.50am  Free paper  Free paper  Free paper  Free paper
 12.00pm  Free paper  Free paper  Free paper  Free paper
 12.10pm  Free paper  Free paper  Free paper  Free paper
 12.20pm  Free paper  Free paper  Free paper  Free paper
 12.30pm Lunch
   Implementation & evaluation in rehabilitation
Chairs: Anna McRae, Heidi Janssen
Embolic stroke
Chairs: Caleb Ferguson, Anna Ranta
New investigators
Chairs: Liz Williams, Ben Clissold
 1.30pm  Implementation of the PREP algorithm for predicting upper limb outcome after stroke
Cathy Stinear
Controversies in antithrombotic decision-making
 John Fink
 1.50pm Via Therapy App
Cathy Stinear, Clare Jamieson
Left atrial appendage occlusion: A cardiologist's perspective
Alexander Sasse
 2.10pm A clinical algorithm for predicting when patients will walk independently after stroke
Marie-Claire Smith
Mini debate - Loop recorders: To record or not record
Pro: Vincent Thijs, Con: Tim Kleinig

 2.30pm Implementation science driving best practice in stroke rehabilitation  - lessons learned and future opportunities
Elizabeth Lynch 
Mini debate - LAAO: To occlude or not occlude 
Pro: Alexander Sasse, Con: Claire Muller
 2.50pm Panel discussion Panel discussion  Panel discussion   
 3.00pm Afternoon tea  
 5.00 - 10.00pm Gala dinner and luging
Venue: Skyline 

Friday 25 August

Time Session
 7.30am - 8.45am  Breakfast symposia  
  Plenary 4
Chairs: Bernard Yan, Di Marsden
 9.00am  Keynote 6: Where to next with thrombectomy? 
Jeff Saver 
 9.30am  Keynote 7: Prescription of motor therapy: issues of dosing and timing
Catherine Lang 
 10.00am Debate: Stroke patients should be put to bed
Pro: Candice Delcourt, Con: Rohan Grimley
 10.30am  Morning tea  
  Australian stroke trial network 
Chairs: Henry Ma, Vincent Thijs
Health delivery optimisation
Chairs: Alan Davis, Anna Ranta 
 11.00am  Concurrent Optimising primary prevention 
Valery Feigin
 11.10am   Concurrent  
 11.20am  Concurrent Hyper-acute stroke management optimisation part 1: Urban perspective
Alan Davis
 11.30am   Concurrent   Hyper-acute stroke management optimisation part 2: Regional perspective
Anna Ranta 
 11.40am  Concurrent Rehab data to drive outcomes 
Rohan Grimley
 11.50am   Concurrent  
 12.00pm  Concurrent Maori stroke care (15 minutes) 
Matire Harwood
 12.10pm  Concurrent   12.15pm Achieving effective consumer engagement (15 minutes)
Kylie Head
 12.20pm Panel discussion
 12.30pm Move to plenary room
 12.35pm Meeting awards and close
 12.45pm Lunch
 From 1.30pm Optional activities 

Social programme

Welcome reception & poster viewing
Your opportunity to catch up with old friends and colleagues and meet new faces in a relaxing atmosphere.

Date: Wednesday 23 August
Time: 5.30 - 7.30pm 
Venue: Copthorne Hotel 
Dress: business attire 
Cost: One ticket is included with each delegate registration. Additional tickets can be purchased for $70
Meeting dinner and luging
Enjoy a short 1km walk to Skyline Queenstown, where you will experience awe-inspiring views of the region, take the journey on the iconic Gondola up Bob's Peak for panoramic views, luging, and the best local cuisine and wines.

Date: Thursday 24 August 
Time: 5.00 - 10.00pm   
Venue: Skyline Queenstown
Dress: casual, flat shoes and jacket recommended 
Cost:  One ticket is included with each delegate registration. Additional tickets can be purchased for $160
Wine tour

Enjoy an afternoon exploring the Central Otago wine region, including a visit to an underground wine cave, sampling Otago's award winning wines and cheese.

Date: Friday 25 August  
Time: 2.00 - 5.00pm 
Venue: Collected from the Millennium Hotel Queenstown lobby
Dress: smart casual, comfortable shoes recommended  
Cost: $169 per person 

Spectacular roller coaster terrain makes Coronet Peak ski area one of New Zealand's most exciting ski resort destinations for snow lovers of any ability. You will be collected from the Millennium Hotel Queenstown Lobby, taken by coach to Coronet Peak (approximately 30 minutes drive), enjoy an afternoon at the snow and returned to the hotel. 

Date: Friday 25 August
Time: 1.30pm - 5.00pm
Venue: Collected from the Millennium Hotel Queenstown lobby
Cost: Transport and lift pass $115

Browns Ski Shop will be available at the Meeting for all your hire needs (skis, boards, boots and clothes). Please advise if you will require to hire gear on your registration form. 


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