“Brain Waves”; a stroke education program in community rehabilitation

Ms Ricci Presser1

1Monash Health, Melbourne, Australia


The Brain Waves team were recently named as a finalist in the Stroke Care Champion category of the Stroke Foundation 2016 Stroke Awards. Stroke Foundation Chief Executive Officer Sharon McGowan said “the Brain Waves program were an outstanding team who demonstrated exceptional commitment to improving the lives of stroke survivors, their families and carers”.

Aim: To meet the National Stroke Foundation guidelines for consumer education through the development and delivery of an evidence-based, consumer driven, interdisciplinary education program for stroke survivors and their carers.

Method: The Community Rehabilitation Neurology Special Interest Group formed an interdisciplinary working party to develop the stroke education program. Information from benchmarking, literature review and consumer surveys were combined to develop the Brain Waves stroke education program.

Results: The Brain Waves stroke education program was piloted at 3 Monash Health Community Rehabilitation sites in 2015. Consumer feedback was collected after each of the education sessions, along with an overall evaluation following program completion in 2015. This information informed changes for the 2016 program. Staff and client feedback will be re-evaluated in December 2016 and changes will be made accordingly. (Specific results available on request).

Significance of the findings to allied health: We feel the Brain Waves program is unique as we engaged our consumers and asked them what they wanted. The group dynamic promotes social connectedness which we know is very important with this population.