Stroke can be treated and it can be beaten, but only if patients can access high quality stroke treatment fast. Stroke is a serious medical emergency requiring urgent medical attention, but with the right treatment at the right time, many people are able to recover from stroke.
- A stroke occurs in Australia every nine minutes.
- Regional Australians are 19 percent more likely to suffer a stroke than those living in metropolitan areas.
- Patient outcomes from stroke vary widely depending on where you live and your access to a stroke unit.
- Despite stroke being identified as a national priority by Australian health ministers in 1996, we are still awaiting the development of a costed national plan to close the gaps in stroke care.
The Stroke Foundation’s policy and advocacy focus is on ensuring:
- Ensuring every Australian household has someone who knows the signs of stroke and to call 000. Think F.A.S.T. act FAST.
- A nationally coordinated telemedicine network to ensure all Australians have access to ‘time is brain’ therapies.
- Ensuring all Australians have access to high quality stroke care, regardless of where they live.
- A national strategy to guide planning and a funded action plan to support resource allocation for stroke services. This will address the issues of today and challenges of the future.
Find out more about our work here:
- The Stroke Foundation is part of an innovative research project trialling a stroke ambulance
- The Stroke Foundation has developed a range of support tools for clinicians
- The National Stroke Audit collects and evaluates data on the delivery of stroke care in Australia, which in turn helps to inform our policies.