Recovering from stroke can be a difficult experience, full of uncertainty and sometimes isolation.
The Stroke Foundation stands alongside stroke survivors throughout their journey to recover. We give survivors and their families a voice.
- One in three stroke survivors are of working age.
- 65 percent of those living with stroke also suffer a disability that impedes their ability to carry out daily living activities unassisted.
- In 2017 there are more than 470,000 people living with the effects of stroke. This is predicted to increase to one million by 2050.
- In 2012, the total financial costs of stroke in Australia were estimated to be $5 billion (according to Deloitte Access Economics).
The stroke Foundation’s policy and advocacy focus is on:
- Improving systems to guide rehabilitation care.
- Ensuring patients are supported in what is often a long and challenging recovery journey after discharge from hospital.
- Building the profile of Australia’s stroke survivors to ensure their voice is heard loud and clear across all levels of government.
- Stroke Foundation audits show enormous variability in care between the best and the worst performing hospitals across Australia and working to reduce the gap in quality of stroke rehabilitation care is a key priority for the Stroke Foundation.
Find out more about our work here:
The Stroke Foundation supports people after stroke with a variety of tools and information including:
- StrokeConnect Follow Up program
- StrokeLine telephone service manned by health professionals to provide practical and confidential advice.
- EnableMe online survivor support tool and community.
- Stroke recovery information.
- Translated stroke resources.
- Local stroke support groups and state stroke association details.