News from members and partners
The National Stroke Foundation (Australia) is a not-for-profit organisation that works with the public, government, health professionals, patients, carers and stroke survivors to reduce the impact of stroke on the Australian community. The Foundation has four core areas: prevention and awareness, evidence based care, stroke support and research. Related to evidence-based care, the Foundation has specific strategies to define evidence-based care (by coordination of the national clinical guidelines for stroke management), measure and monitor delivery of evidence-based care (via national stroke audit program) and improve care (via various implementation activities). Seven core staff (based across three different states) coordinate the various programs related to evidence-based care. For many years the Foundation has also been working with other international stroke guidelines teams to reduce the burden of guideline development and hence why as an organisation we are pleased to be involved in G-I-N.
For more information: http://www.strokefoundation.com.au/
The National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia has recently released new Procedures and requirements for meeting the 2011 NHMRC Standard for clinical practice guidelines (the 2011 NHMRC Standard).
The 2011 NHMRC Standard is intended to be the ‘gold standard’ for guidelines developed in Australia. It draws on international best practice to support Government health reform by contributing to an evidence-based and high performing health system.
The 2011 NHMRC Standard seeks to assist guideline developers by making explicit the minimum requirements for NHMRC approval. It is designed to ensure that guidelines are developed to the highest standard, incorporating the best available evidence, using appropriate methodology.
The 2011 NHMRC Standard will replace the NHMRC standards and procedures for externally developed guidelines (2007) and will apply to all Australian clinical practice guidelines seeking NHMRC approval commencing development from 1 January 2011.
Further information, including a summary document and a copy of the 2011 NHMRC Standard, can be obtained at: http://www.nhmrc.gov.au/guidelines/information-guideline-developers.
At the recent eHealth Awards in Edinburgh, the SIGN Guideline app won first prize for Best NHS Scotland use of Mobile technology in NHS Scotland.
Accepting the award at a ceremony on 13th September at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Sara Twaddle, Director of SIGN said, 'SIGN are delighted to receive this award. The app is only as good as the information it contains and we are grateful to the many hundreds of healthcare professionals throughout NHSScotland whose work on developing the guidelines has provided this content.
We are hopeful that providing information in this way will help healthcare professionals have access to evidence based recommendations at the point of contact with patients'.
More information about the SIGN app, and download links are available on their app page.
The International Federation for Emergency Medicine (IFEM) and G-I-N have formed a collaborative partnership which will seek to identify and prioritise guideline recommendations and evaluate the outcomes working with regional and global research networks.
The International Federation for Emergency Medicine is an international association composed of national emergency medicine organizations. IFEM represents a coordinating consortium of these organizations. The mission of the IFEM is to promote at an international level interchange, understanding and cooperation among physicians practicing emergency medicine. It aims to be recognized as the international voice for quality emergency medical care.
If you are interested in being involved or would like to know more about the partnership please contact: Sue Huckson - firstname.lastname@example.org.