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The Stroke Foundation Clinical Council brings together Australia’s leading clinicians, academics and researchers in the area of stroke. The Clinical Council’s role is to provide advice and technical support and be a credible clinical and technical voice to the Board and the work of the Stroke Foundation.

The Clinical Council is responsible for providing advice and clinical input for: clinical guidelines, strategy, clinical audit, public health and policy documents, Stroke Foundation publications (e.g. Fact sheets, brochures), presentations, and publications in peer reviewed journals and questions received from the general public and media.

See also Clinical Council - Health Promotion Advisory Sub-Committee (HPAC)

  • Professor Bruce Campbell

    MBBS(Hons), BMedSc, PhD, FRACP, FAHMS

    Non-executive Director representing interests of Clinicians and Chair of Clinical Council

    Professor Campbell is a consultant neurologist and Head of Stroke at the Royal Melbourne Hospital as well as a professorial research fellow in the Department of Medicine, Melbourne Brain Centre at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, University of Melbourne. Professor Campbell holds a Doctor of Philosophy…

    Professor Campbell is a consultant neurologist and Head of Stroke at the Royal Melbourne Hospital as well as a professorial research fellow in the Department of Medicine, Melbourne Brain Centre at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, University of Melbourne.

    Professor Campbell holds a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Melbourne and is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences. Professor Campbell’s main research interests include imaging and emergency treatment of stroke, including randomised controlled trials of new treatments.

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  • Associate Professor Seana Gall

    BSc(Hons), PhD

    Chair of the Health Promotion Advisory Subcommittee

    Dr Seana Gall is a senior research fellow in cardiovascular epidemiology at the Menzies Institute for Medical Research at the University of Tasmania and Adjunct Associate Professor at Monash University. She holds a BSc (Hons) in physiology from Monash University and graduated with a PhD…

    Dr Seana Gall is a senior research fellow in cardiovascular epidemiology at the Menzies Institute for Medical Research at the University of Tasmania and Adjunct Associate Professor at Monash University. She holds a BSc (Hons) in physiology from Monash University and graduated with a PhD in stroke epidemiology from the University of Melbourne in 2008. She is currently funded by a prestigious National Heart Foundation of Australia Future Leader Fellowship where she is examining the ‘Epidemiology of cardiovascular disease across the life course’. She conducts epidemiological studies to understand ways to prevent, manage and improve outcomes of cardiovascular disease, particularly stroke. Particular areas of expertise include childhood predictors of adult cardiovascular health, clustering of health behaviours and sex differences in stroke.

    She is a chief investigator on the NHMRC-funded Childhood Determinants of Adult Health (CDAH) study and lead investigator of the International Stroke Outcomes Study (INSTRUCT) that is pooling data on over 16,000 strokes from around the world. She has published 76 journal articles and has attracted over $4 million in funding for her research. She is an active member of the scientific community including as chair of the Tasmanian Government’s Tobacco Control Coalition, a board director for the Cancer Council Tasmania and chair of their Scientific and Research Committee and a member for the Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation Scientific Research Advisory Committee.

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  • Professor Susan Hillier

    BAppSc, PhD

    Susan Hillier is a Professor in neuroscience and rehabilitation at the University of South Australia. She is also a practising clinician working predominantly with people after stroke. Her research has also been in the area of stroke and rehabilitation – investigating different rehabilitation approaches to…

    Susan Hillier is a Professor in neuroscience and rehabilitation at the University of South Australia. She is also a practising clinician working predominantly with people after stroke. Her research has also been in the area of stroke and rehabilitation – investigating different rehabilitation approaches to maximise recovery outcomes as well as best practice rehabilitation service models to improve equity of delivery of services. Susan is committed to improving the lives of people after brain injury.

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  • Associate Professor Mark Mackay

    Associate Professor Mackay is a Paediatric Neurologist and Epileptologist at The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne. Dr. Mackay's main interests are epilepsy and childhood stroke. He is an Associate Professor and Honorary Principal Fellow with the University of Melbourne, an Honorary Research Fellow with the Murdoch…

    Associate Professor Mackay is a Paediatric Neurologist and Epileptologist at The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne. Dr. Mackay's main interests are epilepsy and childhood stroke. He is an Associate Professor and Honorary Principal Fellow with the University of Melbourne, an Honorary Research Fellow with the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and Honorary Professorial Research Fellow with the Florey Neurosciences Institute. 

    He is Director of the Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) Melbourne Stroke Program and is the paediatric representative on the Australian Stroke Clinical Registry steering committee.   Associate Professor Mackay is elected chairperson of (i) the ANZ Child Neurology Society Stroke Special Interest Group, (ii) the Australian Childhood Stroke Advisory Committee, and (iii) the Victorian Perinatal Stroke Advisory Committee.

    He has over 10 years’ experience in the conceptualisation of paediatric stroke and epilepsy research projects and has a publication and presentation profile in these fields. He has established a dedicated paediatric stroke program; the first of its kind in Australia and is a major contributor to the International Pediatric Stroke Study. 

    Associate Professor Mackay was awarded the 2016 Stroke Care Champion for his outstanding dedication and commitment to Australia’s youngest stroke patients. 

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  • Ms Skye Coote

    Skye is the Stroke Nurse Consultant with the Mobile Stroke Unit project at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Victoria. She has an extensive background in critical care nursing, holds a Master of Nursing degree, and has completed 2 International Neurovascular Education and Training in Stroke Management…

    Skye is the Stroke Nurse Consultant with the Mobile Stroke Unit project at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Victoria. She has an extensive background in critical care nursing, holds a Master of Nursing degree, and has completed 2 International Neurovascular Education and Training in Stroke Management and Acute Reperfusion Therapies (NETSMART) courses. She has won international nursing awards for clinical excellence and leadership in stroke, and is the first Board Certificate Advanced Neurovascular Practitioner in Australia. She has been a guest presenter at international conferences on stroke and has recently co-authored a chapter on acute stroke care for the World Federation of Critical Care Nurses. Her passion is improving hyperacute stroke care, stroke research and stroke education.

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  • Professor Natasha Lannin

    Deputy Chair

    Professor Natasha Lannin is an occupational therapist and rehabilitation researcher. Natasha is lead of the Brain Recovery and Rehabilitation Group of the Department of Neurosciences at Monash University and the Chair in Occupational Therapy Research at Alfred Health. She is an experienced neurological occupational therapist…

    Professor Natasha Lannin is an occupational therapist and rehabilitation researcher. Natasha is lead of the Brain Recovery and Rehabilitation Group of the Department of Neurosciences at Monash University and the Chair in Occupational Therapy Research at Alfred Health. She is an experienced neurological occupational therapist and rehabilitation researcher with more than 20 years’ experience working as an occupational therapist in Western Australia, Queensland, New South Wales and now Victoria. She is interested in in generating and translating knowledge for intervention effectiveness trials, particularly in the area of stroke rehabilitation; in conducting registry studies (and was one of the founder and Management Committee Chair of the Australian Stroke Clinical Registry; and in looking at novel ways to translate research and guidelines into clinical practice.

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  • Dr Timothy Ang

    Dr Timothy Ang is a consultant neurologist at John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle and senior neurointerventional radiology fellow at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney. Tim was awarded the Stroke Society of Australasia Young Investigators' Award in 2014 for his work with acute stroke assessments and neuroimaging…

    Dr Timothy Ang is a consultant neurologist at John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle and senior neurointerventional radiology fellow at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney.

    Tim was awarded the Stroke Society of Australasia Young Investigators' Award in 2014 for his work with acute stroke assessments and neuroimaging - his ongoing research interests revolve around streamlining and improving access to hyperacute stroke therapies with a breadth of experience using TeleStroke tech and retrieval networking.

    He contributes to the development of the next generation of stroke physicians as a national curriculum advisor for the Stroke Academy and is part of the strategic working party for the NSW Statewide Stroke Service led by the Agency of Clinical Innovation.

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  • Dr Carlos Garcia-Esperon

    Dr Carlos Garcia-Esperon is a stroke neurologist and early career researcher. He undertook his clinical training in neurology in Spain and Switzerland, then undertook a Stroke Fellowship at John Hunter Hospital. He recently completed a PhD program at the University of Newcastle in the field…

    Dr Carlos Garcia-Esperon is a stroke neurologist and early career researcher. He undertook his clinical training in neurology in Spain and Switzerland, then undertook a Stroke Fellowship at John Hunter Hospital. He recently completed a PhD program at the University of Newcastle in the field of brain perfusion imaging in acute stroke under Prof Parsons, Levi and Spratt supervision.

    Despite being in the early stages of his research career, Dr Garcia-Esperon has been involved in over 20 acute stroke clinical trials as co-investigator, and has published over 60 peer-reviewed journal articles. He has presented his research on a number of occasions at the European Stroke Organisation Conference, and locally at the Stroke Society of Australasia Annual Scientific Meeting. He has also presented widely in regional and rural centres in NSW on the role of telestroke and educating healthcare practitioners in its role in acute stroke treatment. His project, ‘Implementation of Telestroke across HNE and MNC Local Health Districts’, won the Health and Research Innovation category of the 2020 HNE Health Excellence Awards. He was recently awarded a three year Hunter New England Clinical and Health Service Research Fellowship to build on this work in a project titled ‘Using virtual reality to improve professional training for medical and nursing staff involved in rural and regional hyperacute stroke treatment’. He is currently the Director of the Hunter Stroke Services and Stream, Conjoint Lecturer at the University of Newcastle, and a member of the Hunter New England Ethics Committee.

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  • Ms Annabelle Vaughan

    Annabelle has worked as a specialist speech pathologist in the field of neurological rehabilitation for over a decade. She has a strong interest in undertaking and using research to improve health outcomes. She is currently engaged in postgraduate studies as a confirmed PhD candidate through…

    Annabelle has worked as a specialist speech pathologist in the field of neurological rehabilitation for over a decade. She has a strong interest in undertaking and using research to improve health outcomes.

    She is currently engaged in postgraduate studies as a confirmed PhD candidate through the University of Queensland in addition to maintaining a full-time clinical role. She is also collaborating on other research projects aimed at understanding and improving post-stroke care.

    She regularly presents at a range of stroke forums and is an academic title holder at Griffith University.

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  • Associate Professor Martin Jude

    Associate Professor Martin Jude is a consultant Neurologist in Wagga Wagga, NSW. His Neurology training was undertaken at St Vincent's and St George Hospitals, followed by the ANZAN attachment at the Radcliffe Infirmary/University of Oxford, where he was clinical lecturer in Neurology. He is currently…

    Associate Professor Martin Jude is a consultant Neurologist in Wagga Wagga, NSW. His Neurology training was undertaken at St Vincent's and St George Hospitals, followed by the ANZAN attachment at the Radcliffe Infirmary/University of Oxford, where he was clinical lecturer in Neurology. He is currently a conjoint Associate Professor, UNSW rural clinical school, with main interests in Stroke Neurology, Medical education and coordinating systems of care to enhance clinical outcomes for stroke patients. He has been instrumental in setting up Stroke Unit care in Regional NSW, and the rural stroke coordinators network in NSW, as well as stroke education systems for undergraduate medical and physician trainees and is an active member of the RACP National Examination Panel. He was until recently the medical co-chair, Agency for Clinical Innovation/Stroke Services which is the clinician-led organisation that informs the NSW Ministry of Health in relation to optimising stroke systems and clinical outcomes. He was awarded the OAM in 2017. 

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  • Professor Steven Faux

    Prof Steven Faux is the Director of Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Service and St Vincent’s Pain Service Darlinghurst. He has appointments at: St Vincents Campus Prince of Wales Private Griffith Base Hospital, NSW  Currently a Senior lecturer in Clinical Medicine at the University of New South…

    Prof Steven Faux is the Director of Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Service and St Vincent’s Pain Service Darlinghurst.

    He has appointments at:

    • St Vincents Campus
    • Prince of Wales Private
    • Griffith Base Hospital, NSW 

    Currently a Senior lecturer in Clinical Medicine at the University of New South Wales, his research interests are in the management of spasticity, trauma management and stroke rehabilitation. 

    He regularly gives lecturers on Pain Management, Stroke Rehabilitation and Trauma Rehabilitation. Has completed a number of studies in early pain management, Stroke and rehabilitation for those with fractures and has had published several papers on in the fields of Stroke, Trauma, Pain and health service provision.

    He is an associate investigator with the NHMRC CRE Stroke Rehabilitation and Brain Recovery 

    He currently leads a team of stroke rehabilitation researchers focusing on patient and carer education, immersive and virtual reality technology, tele-rehabilitation for aphasia and neuropathic pain, therapies to improve upper limb function and the use of wearable robotics for community stroke rehabilitation.

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  • Rohan Grimley

    Dr Rohan Grimley is a Geriatrician / Stroke Physician and chairs the Qld State-wide Stroke Clinical Network. He is interested in use of data to drive system change and quality improvement in stroke. Current projects include tracking rehabilitation assessment and provision from Acute Stroke Unit…

    Dr Rohan Grimley is a Geriatrician / Stroke Physician and chairs the Qld State-wide Stroke Clinical Network. He is interested in use of data to drive system change and quality improvement in stroke. Current projects include tracking rehabilitation assessment and provision from Acute Stroke Unit to completion, time to initial mobilisation and dysphagia screening.

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