Contact your candidate
Have your voice heard!
You can make a difference for the stroke community at the upcoming federal election.
The next Australian Government has an opportunity to deliver a fairer and better health system providing all Australians the opportunity to survive and live well after stroke.
Why is it important?
If we want to improve stroke treatment, care and prevention in Australia, we need Government to listen. The best way to do this is have as many advocates as possible contact their current members of parliament and candidates and spread the message.
Ask your candidates what will they do for stroke?
Remember, candidates are running to represent you and they want your vote. It is critical to their campaign to know what is important to the electorate they are running in.
How to get in touch
There are several ways to have your voice heard in the lead up to the election:
- Write them a letter/email.
- Attend a local community event and ask them a question.
- Organise a meeting.
- Reach out via social media.
- Give them a call.
- Visit their office.
- Enrol and vote.
- Keep it brief and to the point
- Be polite and clear.
- Add a personal touch – make your letter stand out.
- Remember to include your contact details.
Stroke Foundations election platform outlines five priorities to improve stroke prevention, treatment and care in Australia. These are:
- Prevent stroke – Community health checks to enable early detection for chronic disease.
- Save lives – Establish the Australian Telestroke Network.
- Enhance Recovery - StOP (Stroke Outreach Program) supporting survivors to live well and avoid recurrent stroke
- Ready for work – world first targeted project, investing in the future of working age Australians impacted by stroke.
- Champion Research – Living evidence platform
Find out more about what we are asking of the next Australian government
We encourage you to personalise this as much as possible, so each letter sent to candidates stands out.
During election periods, candidates are on the ground in their electorate campaigning. It is highly likely there will be a community forum near you. Community forums are relaxed, and are specially held to provide members of the community the opportunity to speak directly to candidates, so don’t be intimidated.
Make a start:
- Find out who your member is and which party candidates are running in the Federal election. You can find out which electorate your in and who your member is.
- Find out when community forums are taking place. These are often advertised on the MP or candidate’s social media pages, on notice boards or in the local paper. You can also ring your local MP’s office or the candidate’s campaign office as they may be able to provide you with details.
- Go along and ask a question. You can base these around the requests outlined in the Stroke Foundations election platform, for example:
- What are you going to do to ensure a healthier Australia?
- How are you going to ensure that people in regional and rural Australia have access to life saving, time critical stroke treatment?
- What are you going to do empower stroke survivors with the tools and knowledge they need to prevent further stroke?
- What are you going to do to support the unmet needs of working age stroke survivors and their families?
If you are having trouble finding a forum near you, contact the Stroke Foundation at email@example.com or call 03 9670 1000 and we can help.
Organise a meeting:
To organise a meeting with your MP/candidate it is best to do so in writing, either by letter or email.
As with the letter writing tips outlined above, keep it short and be clear about exactly what it is you wish to discuss. It helps to personalise your letter, so where possible include your connection to stroke.
Keep in mind that election periods are extremely busy and it is likely you won’t hear back regarding your request straight away. Even if you don’t get a meeting your request will be noted and helps raise awareness of stoke in the community.
Social media is an extremely powerful tool and allows you to connect with members of parliament (MP) and candidates in a short informal way.
If your MP/candidate is posting about something regarding health policy, use it as an opportunity to raise stroke. Not only will your MP/candidate see you thoughts, but so will other members of the community.
Enrol to vote:
It is important that you are enrolled to vote for the upcoming election so that you can make your vote count. You can find out more about enrolling here
If you have any questions about the above please do not hesitate to contact us.
We are here to empower you and assist you in having your voice heard. You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 03 9670 1000
You can print the No stroke untreated flyer and take it with you to a community event, or have it on hand if you see your local candidates out and about campaigning.