Message from the President


I would like to thank the Australasia stroke Academy (ASA) for the honour of being elected to be the first President of ASA. I would like to recognise the support I have received from the Patron, councillors, Academy fellows and members of ASA.


I became involved in the running of ASA over the last four years as a councillor following the great footsteps of the founding members of ASA including Professor Davis, Professor Parsons, Professor Yan and A/Professor Lee. The reason for my initial involvement was the clear vision of ASA to be the driving force of professional stroke education for physicians who are interested in stroke medicine in Australasia.


Over the years ASA has gone from strength to strength expanding its profile from an annual meeting to international joint meetings (with Korea Stroke Society and Vietnam Stroke Society) and supporting young investigators. We now have more than 150 members. The feedback from our annual scientific meeting has been extremely positive and we will continue to improve the program.


Looking ahead in 2019, we will publish our first two education modules and will host an annual meeting in Brisbane, joint ASA-SSA workshop in the Stroke Society of Australasia conference in Canberra, international meeting in Malaysia and Taiwan, and many more educational activities.


Over the next three years ASA will focus on becoming the premier provider and ambassador of stroke education to all level of medical professionals with specific interest in nurturing the up and coming stroke doctors. We will achieve this by the establishment of a comprehensive curriculum, stroke education modules, focused educational workshops, and a wider involvement from our ASA members.


I will also like to congratulate the newly elected vice-president, A/Professor Andrew Wong, treasurer, Dr Benjamin Clissold and secretary, Dr Elizabeth Pepper. This new ASA executive will provide a strong governance structure to the running of ASA.


I am most mindful and grateful of the confidence shown in me by the ASA patron and council. I will endeavour to work with all the ASA members, national and international professional bodies to bring ASA into the next level and to serve our members to the fullest.


A/Prof. Henry Ma

March 2019


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The 7th Annual



27-28th October 2018


Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel


Sydney- Australia



Limited seats available


AUD $110.00 ASA Member

AUD $130.00 Non-Member


For registrations and tickets  click here  

Registrations are now closed 








Prof. Mark Parsons

Prof. Chris Levi

Prof. Christian Lueck

Prof. Vincent Thijs

A/Prof. Jim Jannes

A/Prof. Mark Mackay

Dr. Nawaf Yassi

Dr. Henry Zhao

Dr. Liz Pepper

Dr. Carlos Esperon

Dr. Lee Ann Slater

Dr. Teddy Wu

Dr. Ronak Patel (Report of research project funded by Academy)





Saturday 27th October 


Code Stroke : Acute stroke Assessment

Criteria for stroke code, clinical assessment, mimics, work flow design

CT Brain : The good, the bad and the ugly

How to make the most out of it, ASPECT, post-contrast CT, SAH, pit falls, fine slides CT, oedema and pick the psoterior circuaktion infact

CT Perfusion : Master the art of perfusion

Basic Theory, the penumbra and outcome, clinical application, the pitfalls, the mimics and its future (replace telemed)

CT Angiogram: Understand it and Apply it

Vascular anatomy, Occlusion classification, application in ECR, collateral circulation, Other: aneurysms, moyamoya, AVM, AVF, spot sign

MRI : its application in acute stroke management

Acute MRI (DWI ADC), Misamatch (DWI PWI, DWI FLAIR, DWI CLINICAL), FLAIR application, MRA, SWI, mimics, pit falls, tPA and MRI

Thrombolysis : current clincial application and the new frontiers

Clinical application, benefit and risk assessment, time window and TNK

ECR: the powerful stroke therapy : All you need to know

Overview of ECR evidence and up to date data

ECR - the real world application

ECR cases demonstrating how to apply ECR properly, assessment, service delivery and transfer issues also various aspects such as anathetics, complications

The new stroke service paradime: hub and spoke with CT Ambulance

Hub and spoke model in Victoria, CT ambulance, registary (MOSES), service models

Intracranial Hemorrhage - all you need to know

ICH cases including images, amyloid angiopathy, micro bleeds, surgicacl intervention, SPOT signs, current trials

Up-to-date Secondary Stroke prevention 1: Anti-thrombotic and blood pressure control

Anti-platelet, anti hypertensive new trial evidence

Stroke and Cognition : The forgotten relationship and its impact


Update on the effect of stroke on cognition, return to work and fatigue issues

How to use NOAC and the tricky cases

NOAC in different siutations especially post-hemorrhage, use or reversal agent, perioperative period

Sunday 28th October 


The new frontiers: Overview of recent stroke trials

Update recent trial results also deom ESOC ISC

Paediatric Stroke : the state-of-the art lecture

Update in paediatric stroke including epidemiology, aetiology, imaging and treatment

Up-to-date Secondary Stroke Prevention 2: Lipid profile, PFO and others

Up to date review of secondary prevention in stroke especailly PFO

Stroke and Systemic Diseases -Cardiac, Diabetes and Renal Diseases

How does systemic illness affect stroke risk and vice verses, also talk about anti-diabetic and stroke, coronary angiogram and stroke, TAVI and stroke, dialysis and AF

Stroke and Pregnancy : The uncommon but emotionally charged topic

Stroke during pregnancy, mode of delivery, post-partum, breast feeding, conception, IVF, prevention during next preganancy

Difficult Thrombolysis Cases

Interactive session 

Difficult ECR Cases

Interactive session 

Difficult Anti-coagulation Cases

Interactive session

Tricky Neuro-image interpretation

Interactive session 

Update on Last year ASA Research Grant


New Grant Winner Presentation






The Australasian Stroke Academy is an organization dedicated to the training, continuing education and facilitation of stroke research by Stroke Physicians or specialists doctors who have an interest in stroke. Our audience includes neurologists, internal medicine physicians, geriatricians, rehabilitation physicians general practitioners and trainee physicians of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.