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Facts and figures about stroke



  1. Stroke is one of Australia’s biggest killers and a leading cause of disability.
  2. 1 in 6 people will have a stroke in their lifetime. These people are someone’s sister, brother, wife, husband, daughter, son, partner, mother, father… friend. Behind the numbers are real lives.
  3. In 2015 there will be more than 50,000 new and recurrent strokes – that is 1000 strokes every week or one stroke every 10 minutes.
  4. In 2012 there were nearly130,000 or 30% of stroke survivors under the age of 65 in the community. [In 2012 there were over 420,000 people living with the effects of stroke and 30% of these people were of working age.]
  5. In 2015 there will be almost 440,000 people living with the effects of stroke. This is predicted to increase to 709,000 in 2032.
  6. Stroke kills more women than breast cancer and more men than prostate cancer.
  7. 65% of those living with stroke also suffer a disability that impedes their ability to carry out daily living activities unassisted.
  8. In 2012, the total financial costs of stroke in Australia were estimated to be $5 billion.
  9. The estimate of $49.3 billion in burden of disease costs for stroke is comparable to the $41 billion burden of disease costs that Deloitte Access Economics estimated for anxiety and depression in 2010.
  10. The FAST test is an easy way to recognise and remember the signs of stroke. Using the FAST test involves asking these simple questions:

Face Check their face. Has their mouth drooped?

Arm Can they lift both arms?

Speech Is their speech slurred? Do they understand you?

Time Time is critical. If you see any of these signs, call 000 straight away



  1. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2012. Australia’s Health 2012.
  2. World Stroke Organisation at www.worldstrokecampaign.org
  3. Deloitte Access Economics – Stroke in Australia: No postcode untouched, 2014
  4. Deloitte Access Economics – The economic impact of stroke in Australia, 2013
  5. Deloitte Access Economics – Stroke in Australia: No postcode untouched, 2014
  6. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2012. Australia’s Health 2012.
  7. Deloitte Access Economics – The economic impact of stroke in Australia, 2013
  8. Deloitte Access Economics – The economic impact of stroke in Australia, 2013
  9. Deloitte Access Economics – The economic impact of stroke in Australia, 2013