Stroke – Rehabilitation and Discharge Planning

1h 5m of CPD
Kathryn O'Toole
24 Sep 2015

This Course addresses the issues for effective rehabilitation that should include a coordinated interdisciplinary team approach that also involves the patient families and carers.


Identify the possible long-term effects of a stroke on the individual and their family


Describe the factors that determine discharge destinations


Describe how a nurse can educate a patient and their family about their discharge following a stroke


Kathryn O'Toole

Kathryn O'Toole is the Director of the Cardiovascular Prevention & Rehabilitation Service (CPRsa) her private practice which she commenced in January 2014 after a long career in the public hospital system. Kath’s CPRsa service is committed to providing comprehensive cardiovascular risk factor identification and management strategies to assist patients diagnosed with cardiovascular disease (CVD) and those at risk of CVD. Kath is also very proactive in bridging the transition from acute illness to cardiovascular health and wellness. Kathryn is a strong patient advocate and her service coordinates optimal and individualised care for her cardiac patients from admission through to the rehabilitation process and enables her to empower her clients with the appropriate knowledge and management plans to assist them with managing their cardiovascular disease in the community. Kath is regularly invited to participate as a speaker in many aspects of cardiovascular prevention and rehabilitation including the role of nurses in the management of those with Acute Coronary Syndrome. Kath is passionate about the role nursing has in the best practice management of cardiac conditions and has contributed to public health initiatives by participating is various working parties within the State-wide Cardiology Clinical Networks.


Kalo Liga13 Oct 2018
Well presented and easily understood

Avelina Go Chow16 Jul 2018
Great VLA for all nurses and health allied team

Shiji Thomas27 Jun 2018
Very good resource

karen nolan30 May 2018
Informative video and easy to understand

Jacqueline Curran28 May 2018
I recommend this for health professionals managing clients who have had a stroke

jane prezma26 May 2018
An excellent resource for this subject, with much useful information for the optimal care for these patients.

yi jun chen26 May 2018
very good

Sukhvinder Singh Birdi18 May 2018
very nice and informative presentation.

JIAYUAN XIE18 May 2018
good resource

Joungsim BAE04 May 2018

Kayla Smith30 Apr 2018
very interesting

Queen Elthan Tatad21 Apr 2018
very informative

Kate Tennant03 Apr 2018
Excellent VLA

Michelle rolleston15 Mar 2018
excellent topic. will revisit again

Alvina Lund12 Mar 2018
Very good resource

Andrea Ireland11 Mar 2018
Good VLA.

Michele Selby27 Feb 2018
Informative and well presented

Ann Trebilcock10 Feb 2018
Very informative.

Nancy Mercer06 Feb 2018
Great and very informative. Easy to understand

Eva Bodnar05 Feb 2018
excellent, simple language, great information

Barbara Clarke03 Feb 2018
very informative. Good information

Course Overview

Topics include:

  • The effects of a stroke (short and long term)
  • Factors affecting discharge from hospital to home, rehabilitation, or to an aged care facility
  • Discharge planning

Target audience

All healthcare professionals working in acute hospitals, specialised rehabilitation units and in the community.


To develop an understanding of the essential role rehabilitation has in the management of stroke and how rehabilitation can be delivered in a variety of settings including acute hospitals, specialised rehabilitation units, and in the community.


Rehabilitation after stroke is vital for the continuum of care and should commence within days of stroke onset. Effective rehabilitation should include a coordinated multidisciplinary team approach that also involves the patient families and carers.

Health professionals in Australia that are registered with AHPRA are required to obtain continuing professional development (CPD) hours/points each year that relates to their context of practice, in order to comply with mandatory regulatory requirements.