Defuse Stroke Campaign

Stroke is like a lit fuse connected to your brain and goes off without warning. It can strike anyone at any time. But small changes like regular health checks, exercise and a healthy diet can stop your fuse from burning.

Did you know…?

Stroke kills more women than breast cancer and more men than prostate cancer.

Stroke is one of the biggest causes of death and a leading cause of disability in Australia. But we can change the future of stroke in this country.

Research conducted by the Stroke Foundation in 2015 found that many Australian’s don’t know that

  1. Stroke is preventable
  2. Stroke attacks the brain
  3. Stroke can happen to anyone

The ‘Defuse Stroke’ campaign aims to alert more Australians to stroke and tackle some of the myths surrounding stroke. 

Help us fights stroke. Donate now

Prevent your own stroke

Rosalea’s Story


Rosalea featured in the Defuse Stroke campaign video as the ‘patient’ getting her blood pressure checked. Rosalea suffered a stroke in early 2016. Since then her life has changed completely. Stroke can have a huge impact on a persons life.

Stroke is a leading cause of disability in Australia and there is over 440,000 stroke survivors living in Australia. Many stroke survivors require ongoing support to manage daily activities. By 2055 this number is estimated to reach 1,000,000 people.

You can help us continue supporting the stroke community through ongoing stroke support services. Donate here

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Three ways you can help #DefuseStroke

  1. Make a donation to support our work in stroke research, prevention programs and support for stroke survivors and carers.
  2.  Follow our progress to Defuse Stroke – Like Stroke Foundation on Facebook or follow @Strokefdn on Twitter and Instagram.
  3. Share the Defuse Stroke video above with your friends and family. You can also download social media tiles to share and don’t forget to use the hashtag #DefuseStroke



What is a stroke?

A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain it cut of, either due to a bleed in the brain or a clot. There are over 55,000 new and recurrent stroke every year in Australia making it a leading cause of death and disability in this country. For more information about stroke.

Unfortunately stroke does not have the same profile as other diseases even though it affects so many Australians. Deloitte Access Economics assess the impact of stroke in Australia. Visit No Postcode Untouched to see how stroke impacts your community.

Help us spread the message with a donation to support vital work in stroke prevention.

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