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Regional Australians are 19% percent more likely to suffer a stroke than Australians living in our cities. This isn’t good enough.

Stroke Foundation is calling for the next Queensland (QLD) Government to invest in a better working, more connected health system to improve the health and wellbeing of regional Queenslanders.

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How you can help

Because of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, this election is quite unlike any before it. Politicians and parties are vying to communicate their plan for Queensland’s recovery – and we need to make sure stroke remains on the agenda.

That’s why it’s more important than ever before that candidates hear directly from the stroke community.

Talk to your local candidates and let them know you support Stroke Foundation’s election platform with an email or a call to their campaign office.

Tips for contacting your local candidate

Emailing your local candidate can be daunting, however, it’s important to remember they are there to represent you. Here are some tips to help:

  • If you don’t know it, you can find your electorate on the Electoral Commission of Queensland website.
  • Find your local candidates by searching on the Electoral Commission of Queensland website
  • Share some details about yourself (whatever you are comfortable with).
  • Share your F.A.S.T. (Face, Arms, Speech, Time) story, or your connection with stroke.
  • Reflect on your experience with StrokeLink, StrokeLine Outreach, My health for life or F.A.S.T. Stroke Community Education, or how improvements to stroke awareness, prevention and treatment would have helped you or your community.
  • Keep the email/call brief, you’ll be more likely to get a response!
  • Send separate emails, not one email addressed to multiple candidates.

If you have questions or need any support, please get in touch with Stroke Foundation at fightstroke@strokefoundation.org.au

Example email

It’s best if you personalise your email as much as possible. But here is an example to get you started:

Dear [candidate],

My name is [Insert name] and I am a stroke survivor who lives in [Insert suburb].

[Insert F.A.S.T. story or connection with stroke here].

What are you/What is your party doing to reduce the impact of stroke in Queensland, what will you do to [Insert question]?

Example questions (It’s best to choose 1 or 2):

…Raise awareness of the signs of stroke and ensuring every household in Queensland knows what F.A.S.T. stands for?

…Bridge the regional-metro divide in stroke treatment for Queensland?

…Ensure regional Queenslanders have access to emergency stroke treatment, like those in the city?

…Support health professionals to respond to the needs of the one in three stroke survivors under the age of 65?

…Increase access to time critical stroke treatment?

…Invest in stroke prevention?

Thank you for your time. Regards,

[Insert name]

Example call

Depending on the candidate, you may reach them directly or a staff member of theirs. If you reach a staff member, you can ask to leave a message for the candidate, following much of the same script as below:

Good morning/evening,

My name is [Insert name] and I am a stroke survivor who lives in [Insert suburb]. I am just calling my local candidates to talk about stroke in our community ahead of the election. I have a connection to stroke/I am a stroke survivor and I am wondering:

What are you/What is your party doing to reduce the impact of stroke in Queensland, what will you do to [Insert question]?

Example questions (It’s best to choose 1 or 2):

… Raise awareness of the signs of stroke and ensuring every household in Queensland knows what F.A.S.T. stands for?

… Bridge the regional-metro divide in stroke treatment for Queensland?

… Ensure regional Queenslanders have access to emergency stroke treatment, like those in the city?

… Support health professionals to respond to the needs of the one in three stroke survivors under the age of 65?

…. Increase access to time critical stroke treatment?

…. Invest in stroke prevention?

It is likely that the candidate or their staff member will ask for your contact details so that they can reply to you via email at a later date.

What happens next?

Thanks for taking action! After you’ve contacted your local candidate, please contact us on fightstroke@strokefoundation.org.au or call 03 9670 1000 to let us know how you went!

Other ways to advocate

There are plenty of other ways to get involved in the upcoming election. You can reach out to your local candidates via social media or take the opportunity of a face-to-face conversation with your local candidate. A simple way to do this is to get in contact with them via email or social media and ask if they are hosting any community talking posts throughout their campaign that you could attend.

If you would like support organising a meeting with your local candidates, you can contact Stroke Foundation on fightstroke@strokefoundation.org.au or call 03 9670 1000.

Find more information about the upcoming Queensland Election and candidates on the Electoral Commission of Queensland website.

Want to find out more about advocating for stroke?

Contact fightstroke@strokefoundation.org.au or call 03 9670 1000.