Australian Stroke Data Tool

Introducing the AuSDaT

The Australian Stroke Data Tool (AuSDaT) has been built to offer hospital clinicians in acute and rehab settings a single data collection tool for clinical monitoring in stroke care.

As part of the rollout, the tool has replaced the existing Stroke Foundation  audit tool and is being used by hospitals to collect data for the National Stroke Audit (alternating between in-hospital acute and rehabilitation services).

Further features now allow the AuSDaT to  be used to collect patient data for the Australian Stroke Clinical Registry (AuSCR) and other stroke programs, including the Safe Implementation of Treatments in Stroke (SITS) and International Stroke Perfusion Imaging Registry (INSPIRE).

Hospitals participating in one or more of the different stroke programs will be able to benefit from the significant reduction in data entry times by entering patient record data only once and not separately for each program.

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Supporting documentation

The following documents are available to assist you with your data collection.

National Stroke Data Dictionary Underpinning AuSDaT is the National Stroke Data Dictionary (NSDD), which provides standardised definitions, coding and recording guidance for all data items collected in AuSDaT. AuSDaT National Stroke Data Dictionary June 2015
Hospital User Guide A guide designed to give hospital users just enough information to get started with collecting data for the National Stroke Audit of Acute Services 2015. All hospital users are required to read this user guide before accessing the tool. AuSDaT Hospital User Guide
AuSDaT policies and procedures Outlines the policies and procedures governing the AuSDaT operation AuSDaT Policies and Procedures 2017


Contact us

For further information about AuSDaT please contact Jot Ghuliani, AuSDaT Coordinator at ausdat@florey.edu.au or phone (03) 9035 7125.

About the governance

The Australian Stroke Coalition (ASC) is overseeing the project as part of wider aim to improve data and quality for stroke in Australia.  The tool development was led by the Stroke Foundation in partnership with The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health and the two international data registries SITS & INSPIRE, and with contributions from three time-limited (research) data programs: Thrombolysis Implementation in Stroke (TIPS) trial, the Victorian Stroke Telemedicine Program and the T3 Trial.

More about the AuSDaT benefits

The AuSDaT is a web-based tool that harmonises the collection and use of high quality and standardised data for patients hospitalised with stroke or transient ischaemic attack (TIA). Data can then be used to inform, monitor and improve pre-hospital, acute and rehabilitative care and outcomes for patients.

The new tool will bring the following benefits to stroke teams and hospital clinicians who are committed to collecting organisational and patient data for stroke, but who are often time poor:

  • Single login to one tool that uses consistent data definitions and meets all data collection, monitoring and reporting needs;
  • A significant reduction in data entry times by entering patient record data only once, and not separately, for each program;
  • The capacity to focus on local performance monitoring in particular aspects of patient care for set periods of time to drive quality improvement; and
  • Real-time web-based reporting of collected data to assess performance against NHMRC approved Clinical Guidelines; to benchmark other comparative hospitals and state and national averages; and to monitor improvement in patient care over time.

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