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Chris Bladin - Keynote Speaker
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The Victorian Stroke Telemedicine program - a new paradigm delivering expert acute stroke care to regional hospitals.

This presentation will outline the development of the VST, and the novel clinical telemedicine technologies that are employed. VST is now successfully delivering expert acute stroke care to regional Victoria, including stroke thrombolysis and endovascular clot retrieval, at international best practice standards. This is a first for Australia.



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Prof. Christopher Bladin graduated from Flinders University Medical School, Adelaide in 1984. He completed specialist training in Neurology at the Austin Hospital in Melbourne in 1991 followed by a Stroke Research Fellowship at Guy’s Hospital, London and in 1992 a Stroke Research Fellowship at University of Toronto, Canada.


He returned to the Austin Hospital, Melbourne in 1995 and in 1998 was appointed Head of Unit, Dept Neurosciences Box Hill Hospital (Monash University) and later Director of Eastern Melbourne Neurosciences based at Box Hill Hospital (Monash University). In 2005 he was appointed a co-Medical Director of the National Stroke Foundation of Australia. In 2007 he was appointed Chairperson of the Vic Gov. Dept. of Health-Victorian Stroke Clinical Network Committee, responsible for implementation of the Victorian Stroke Strategy. He has a strong interest in stroke telemedicine and in 2012 was the recipient of Federal funding to commence the Victorian Stroke Telemedicine project which delivers stroke telemedicine to hospitals in rural and regional Victoria to treat patients with acute stroke.


Prof Bladin is active in stroke research and is a past chairperson, and current committee member of the Australasian Stroke Trials Network (ASTN). He is involved in many NHMRC funded research studies. He has a special interest in stroke thrombolysis, acute stroke brain imaging, and stroke telemedicine.



Prof. Chris Bladin


Clinical Director, Victoria Telestroke (Australia)

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