Keeping advice current is often one criticism of clinical guidelines. The ‘living’ guidelines approach aims to respond rapidly to important new evidence and ensure the recommendations are kept up to date. Aspects of this emerging approach will be described based on projects done in stroke and diabetes management. Important learnings will be shared along with ongoing challenges and potential future opportunities.


Kelvin Hill, National Manager, Clinical Services, Stroke Foundation 

Heath White, Senior Evidence Officer and Evidence Lead, Cochrane Australia


Kelvin is a trained Physiotherapist. Since 2003, Kelvin has worked at the Stroke Foundation where he has developed a passion for improving services for people with stroke by implementing evidence-based care. Kelvin’s role is National Manager, Clinical Services where he oversees the development and implementation of the Australian stroke guidelines, the National Stroke Audit and other national clinical and policy activity. He is also actively involved in national and international efforts to improve guideline methods and their implementation.

Heath is an experienced systematic reviewer and guideline developer. Heath works with Cochrane Australia and the Australian Living Evidence Consortium (ALEC) where he has the joint roles of Evidence Lead within the Living Evidence for Diabetes guidelines program and Senior Evidence Officer within the National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce (NC19CET), where he is responsible for developing recommendations for the therapeutic treatment of patients with COVID-19.

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