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Your support in 2017: How you’re stopping stroke… and saving lives.


2017 has been an exciting year at the Stroke Foundation. Below are just some of the highlights. The most important thing is that it’s all been made possible by the contributions of our amazing supporters. Thank you. We’re so grateful. Your support has played a vital role in helping the Stroke Foundation pursue our mission to prevent stroke, save lives and enhance recovery stroke. 

More than 63,000 health checks

With your support, we ran Australia’s biggest Blood Pressure Check.

63,211 free health checks were performed across Australia. 1 in 3 participants were referred onto their doctor for a comprehensive health check and advice on their stroke risk.

At an Australia’s Biggest Blood Pressure check event in Perth’s Murray St Mall.

Australia’s first Stroke Ambulance on the road

Your visionary support of our Stroke Ambulance (or Mobile Stroke Unit) put this innovation on the road in November 2017! The Ambulance will potentially treat thousands, providing patients with stroke the best possible chance of survival and recovery. 

Stroke Foundation Chief Executive Officer Sharon McGowan (left) with supporter Ken Lyons and his daughter Sandra at the Stroke Ambulance preview event

More than 40,000 visits to EnableMe

More than 40,000 stroke survivors and their loved ones visited our EnableMe website. Funded by generous donors like you, EnableMe is a lifeline that connects stroke survivors and carers, as well as providing stroke information, videos and tools to help survivors live well after stroke.  

Stroke survivor Shaun (centre) with his wife (top centre) and two daughters.

More than 26,000 stroke survivors have been provided with My Stroke Journey

This resource provides vital information to help stroke survivors and their families to transition from hospital to home.   Alex was determined to live his life to the fullest after suffering a stroke at 28.

More than 3,000 calls to StrokeLine

Our specially-trained StrokeLine health team received 3,000 questions from stroke survivors, their loved ones, carers and health professionals through our StrokeLine.
Do you have questions about stroke? Contact StrokeLine on 1300 787 653

Stroke Foundation’s dedicated StrokeLine team. 

Shocking report into stroke in Australia

Did you know that regional and rural communities bear the brunt of Australia’s stroke burden? We’ve released a report – called No Postcode Untouched: Stroke in Australia 2017 – and created a website which revealed how big the stroke challenge is in each Australian federal electorate. You can check out your own city or town. This report will help us pinpoint future hotspots, ensuring the right resources and education reach people when they need it most. Visit the No Postcode Untouched website

New Clinical Guidelines

Australian Minister for Health the Hon Greg Hunt MP officially launched our new Clinical Guidelines for Stroke Management at Parliament House, Canberra in November. The Clinical Guidelines involved: 

  • 250 recommendations.
  • Almost 100 health professionals and researchers.
  • 109,620 research papers.

It is an important step forward to ensure all Australian stroke patients receive the latest and world’s-best stroke treatment and care.

Australian Minister for Health, the Hon Greg Hunt.

A new stroke audit completed

Thank you for enabling us to conduct a one-of-its kind National Stroke Audit! The Audit provides a snapshot of where the health system is working well and where improvements are needed, based on data provided by 127 hospitals. Funded by you, it is the only report of its kind in Australia.