Talk to your MP
Contact your candidate
You can make a difference for the stroke community at the upcoming New South Wales (NSW) State election!
The Stroke Foundation is calling on the next NSW Government to invest in a fairer health system, delivering all the people of NSW the opportunity to survive and live well after stroke.
We need your help to make this happen.
Why is it important?
We need Government to listen. The best way to do this is have as many advocates as possible contact their MPs and candidates asking 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. You can find out what electorate you are in here.
How to get in touch
There are several ways to have your voice heard in the lead up to the election:
There are several ways to be heard in the lead up to the election:
- Attend a local community event and ask them a question
- Organise a meeting
- Reach out via social media
- Phone call
- Office visit
- Enrol and vote
Whichever way you choose to contact your candidate it is important to remain polite and impartial.
Below is a guide to assist in making contact.
Write them a letter/email
When writing to your candidate there are some top tips to keep in mind:
- 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 – A fair go for stroke - outlines four proposals to will improve stroke care in NSW:
- F.A.S.T. community education program to reduce stroke and speed up treatment.
- StOP (Stroke Outreach Program): empowering survivors to act to prevent further stroke and live well.
- State-wide stroke telehealth network and treatment pathway to ensure fair and equitable access to stroke specialists.
- Stroke ambulance to speed up stroke diagnosis and treatment.
You can download a letter template here. We encourage you to personalise this as much as possible, so each letter sent to candidates stands out individually.
Attend a local community event and ask them a question
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 local member is and which candidates are running in the 2019 New South Wales State election. Find out which electorate you’re in here.
- Find out when community forums are taking place. These are often advertised on the 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 raise awareness of stroke in the community and ensure all NSW households know what F.A.S.T. stands for?
- 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?
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.
Enrol and vote
It is important that you are enrolled to vote for the upcoming election so that you can make your vote count. Find out more about enrolling.
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
Please note Stroke Foundation is a bipartisan organisation, and all advocacy activities are carried out in line with Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission (ACNC) advocacy guidelines.