Clinician researchers in Neurology and Stroke at Liverpool and Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospitals are chief investigators in several competitively funded research projects based in South Western Sydney Clinical School and Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research.
Several studies are in partnership with general practitioners, cardiologists, neurosurgeons and public health specialists. These have included collaborative research in primary care, the BUPA funded STOP-STROKE and NHMRC funded DESPATCH projects to reduce stroke risk in atrial fibrillation, the UNSW and Clinical Excellence Commission supported Program of Research Informing Stroke Management (PRISM) which uses routinely collected data linkage to assess care and outcomes in ischaemic stroke, intracerebral haemorrhage, subarachnoid haemorrhage and transient ischaemic attack and the OASIS (Sub-) Study.
OASIS is state-wide study of subarachnoid haemorrhage supported by the NHMRC. More recently the group has attracted Office and Health and Medical Research funding for the Home to Outcome (H2O) Study examining the impact of the wider implementation of stroke thrombolysis in NSW and the introduction of new stroke units and one investigator is leading the Agency of Clinical Innovation’s response to recently reported Unwarranted Clinical Variation in stroke care.
The Departments have also worked with the Department of Aged Care at Bankstown- Lidcombe Hospital on a number of projects addressing stroke risk factors and outcomes in the elderly; the South-West Sydney TIA study (SWS-TIA), anticoagulation usage for stroke prevention amongst general practitioners; and the quality of life measures for older people living in the community with essential tremor.