Associate Professor Tim Kleinig - Winner
Associate Professor Tim Kleinig from College Park (Adelaide) has demonstrated a strong commitment to excellence in stroke care over many years. He is the Head of Neurology at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and is Clinical Director for Stroke at Country Health SA. He is also Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Adelaide and Director of Clinical Stroke Research at the SA Health and Medical Research Institute. Tim has established clinical stroke research programs, has published widely in stroke research and is involved in a number of local, national and international stroke trials. Tim was a member of Stroke Foundation’s Clinical Council for six years. During this time, he provided valuable advice and clinical input on a wide variety of areas.
Tim has played an integral role in driving improvements in the quality of stroke care in South Australia, improvements which have been seen in the results of Stroke Foundation’s National Stroke Acute Audit. Tim’s compassion for vulnerable groups in the community, in particular Indigenous Australians and those living in rural and regional parts of the state, is clear. Over the last two years, his leadership has been critical to the implementation of the highly successful South Australian Telestroke Service. Through this service, neurologists at metropolitan stroke units are able to support stroke patients at the state’s 61 country hospitals 24 hours a day, seven days a week, via phone and videoconference, ensuring all South Australians regardless of where they live, have timely access to quality stroke care.
“Stroke Foundation is a great organisation which improves stroke treatment for all stroke patients around Australia. It is a great honour and privilege to be recognised as a President’s Achievement Award finalist for the Stroke Awards,” Tim said.
Dr Eleanor Horton
Dr Eleanor Horton from Caloundra (Queensland) was recognised for her incredible involvement in stroke care. Eleanor was instrumental in ensuring carers of stroke survivors had a voice in the National Stroke standards and has developed from being an advocate for her partner to being involved with Health Consumers Queensland and local health services to improve patient outcomes. Eleanor has been a Carer for nearly twenty years for her partner Patrick who has been differently able since his stroke in July 2000 and that was Eleanor’s first contact with the Stroke Foundation. Professionally, Eleanor is a registered nurse academic and she has completed her doctorate.
“It is a privilege to be recognised as a finalist. I am so fortunate to be part of all of the growth in the past 20 years and to be able to make an impact on patient’s lives and stroke care,” Eleanor said.
Dee Banks and Kylie Facer
Kylie Facer and Dee Banks have changed the landscape for parents of children with stroke through the Facebook support group Little Stroke Warriors. In the last 3 years, they have been striving to get equal access to stroke care as adults for paediatric stroke survivors and initiated important conversations to provide more information for parents of childhood stroke survivors.
“It is a huge honour to be recognised as a finalist,” Dee said.
“We just do what we do and it means so much for us receiving recognition for the work that we are very passionate about,” Kylie said.