Meet Our Team

Stroke unit co-ordinators play a vital role in the day to day managment of stroke units around Australia. ASNEN believes it is important to promote professional networks between acute stroke nurses and other qualified health professionals who share an interest in Acute Stroke Patient treatment. Through this forum ASNEN members are able to be supported both locally and nationally with education and network opportunities.

The members of ASNEN are key partners in the diagnosis, treatment and process of acute stroke patient management. ASNEN members increasingly bridge the gap between hospital departments by employing a collaborative approach in acute stroke patient care.

ASNEN is made up of a steering committee who represent the majority of states in Australia.

Skye Coote
Skye is the Nursing Coordinator of the Melbourne Mobile Stroke Unit at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. She holds a Master’s Degree in Nursing and has an extensive background in Critical Care Nursing as well as stroke. She is a member of the Stroke Foundation’s Clinical Council. Her passion is improving hyperacute stroke care, stroke research and education.

Patrick Groot
As a Stroke Liaison Nurse CNC in a regional primary stroke service I am passionate about measuring, implementing and delivering evidence-based stroke care in regional settings. Data collection, participation in research when possible and research translation are all key elements of my practice.

Meaghan Osborne
Meaghan Osborne is a Neurology Clinical Nurse Consultant at the Gold Coast University Hospital. She is currently undertaking her Nurse Practitioner program in neurosciences. Meaghan has a special interest in stroke and general neurology, particularly in the area of acute stroke management, the deteriorating neuroscience patient and nursing education. Previously she has worked as a Stroke CNC in Brisbane.

Sarah Kuhle
Sarah Kuhle is a Stroke Clinical Nurse Consultant & Project Officer for the Queensland State-Wide Stroke Clinical Network. She holds a Master’s Degree in Stroke Management, & has focused on change implementation within Queensland’s acute stroke services. Sarah’s role includes improving stroke data management, administrating incentivised stroke funding programs, and endorsement of Queensland’s Acute Stroke Units. She participates in national research projects, steering committees & reference groups involved with improving stroke care.

Liz O’Brien
New South Wales
Liz holds the position of Stroke Clinical Nurse Consultant at Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney and was responsible for the implementation of the stroke unit at RNSH in 1997. Liz has been active in the Stroke Steering Committee with the Agency for Clinical Innovation, NSW, since its inception in 2002 and was the inaugural co-chair during the setting up of stroke units in NSW at that time. Liz is an Endorsed Nurse Practitioner and has interests in acute stroke nursing and the education of new upcoming stroke nurses.”

Simeon Dale
New South Wales
Simeon Dale is a Clinical Research Fellow at the Nursing Research Institute. She has 18 yrs clinical experience in critical care nursing specialising in Neuroscience, in three countries. Simeon currently is working with Professor Sandy Middleton on the NHRMC funded T3 Trial, which is examining triage, treatment and transfer practices in the emergency department for patients with stroke. She was the Clinical Project Officer on the Quality in Acute Care (QASC) trial

Lizzie Dodd
South Australia
Lizzie Dodd is a Stroke Nurse Consultant at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, which provides a comprehensive hyper acute stroke service for South Australia including thrombolysis and endovascular treatments. With around 1400 acute stroke presentations per year, her main role is to run the 24 hour Code Stroke Service, provide training and education to the stroke unit staff, provide information and support to the patients and their families, promote recovery and early discharge planning, data collection, and be involved in the ongoing updating and implementation of the acute stroke management protocols and procedures.

Brett Jones
Australian Capital Territory
Brett Jones is currently the Stroke Liaison Nurse for the Canberra Hospital, where he first started working in acute stroke care in 2004. Brett was also involved in setting up Canberra’s newest stroke unit at Calvary Health Care Bruce, and has been involved in an ACT Health project to improve access to hyperacute treatments across the territory. Brett’s primary interests are hyperacute management of stroke, education of healthcare professionals on stroke related issues and research.

Belinda Saint
Western Australia
Belinda Saint is the Clinical Nurse Consultant for Stroke at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Western Australia which provides a Statewide acute stroke service. With 15 years experience in Neurosciences, she has recently focused her attention toward the Stroke specialty. Belinda’s interest is in the hyperacute stroke management with the introduction of a 24/7 Endovascular service. She is also highly motivated towards nursing education and training.

Carolyn Harrison
Carolyn Harrison is a born and bred Tasmanian and was in the last group to train at the Launceston General Hospital before it went to total university training. Her 30th anniversary since starting nursing was in February this year. The stroke unit started in 2000 and she has been a part of it since its inception but only took over the role of stroke CNC in July 2015. She has done some further study and has an Advanced Diploma in Management and a Graduate Certificate in Neurological Nursing and has been part of the senior nurse team on her ward since 1994. She has two children, Laura 18 and Bailey 14 and enjoys baking and tending to her small suburban veggie patch.