Publication guidelines

The National Stroke Foundation develops resources and tools to support the implementation of the Clinical Guidelines for Stroke Management and makes these widely available. However, we recognise that health professionals working in stroke units and stroke support services throughout Australia have created valuable policies, procedures and tools that would benefit the broader stroke community.

The Foundation would like to encourage you to share this wealth of knowledge and experience to help other health professionals improve their clinical practice and improve the quality of care for stroke survivors.

Before publishing any clinical resource, the Foundation will consider the resource’s adherence with the Clinical Guidelines for Stroke Management, alliance with our goals and values, and benefit to the health professional community. To ensure the process for sharing these resources is transparent and fair, we have created criteria for publication on the Foundation website.

Clinical resources published on the Foundation website should meet these essential criteria:
  • Author (organisational or individual)  is clearly identified and contact details provided
  • Copyright ownership acknowledged
  • Institutional approval to disseminate resources freely provided
  • Adheres to the current Clinical Guidelines for Stroke Management
  • Evidence based (includes references or has been peer reviewed, as appropriate)
  • Relevant to clinical practice
  • Year of creation/publication provided

Resources that assist health professionals in the implementation of the Clinical Guidelines for Stroke Management will be given priority. These include:

  • Care plans (discharge, etc)
  • Check lists (case conferences)
  • Clinical pathways
  • Consumer resources (eg, to assist in implementing discharge care plan; fact sheets, booklets, posters, etc)
  • Frameworks
  • HP education (case studies, fact sheets, journal articles, pocket cards, posters, webinars, workshops, etc)
  • Protocols/policies (bed, continence, upper limb management; positioning, manual handling)
  • Reports
Secondary resources that benefit the care and management of stroke survivors include:
  • Business plans/templates
  • Job descriptions

The review process

All resources submitted to the Foundation will be reviewed to ensure compliance with the criteria outlined above before being published on our site. In some cases, we may include a disclaimer with the resource if it varies from or conflicts with the Clinical Guidelines for Stroke Management.

If a resource is not appropriately referenced or there is unusual terminology, we may ask you for clarification or revisions. If the resource is supplied in a format that makes publication difficult, we may ask you to supply a more accessible format.

We will advise you when the resource is uploaded to the site or if we have chosen not to publish the resource.

Please contact Leah Wright  for more information.