Stroke is one of our nation’s biggest killers and leading cause of disability. One in six people will have a stroke, and the impact is often devastating. Stroke can happen to anyone, at any time – changing lives in an instant.
Stroke places significant demands on health services, families and the community.
Preventing stroke is a key advocacy priority for the Stroke Foundation.
- Stroke kills more women that breast cancer and more men than prostate cancer.
- Stroke is largely preventable, several of the risk factors for stroke are lifestyle related and can be controlled.
- The most important known risk factor for stroke is high blood pressure which can be managed through diet, exercise and in some cases medication.
- One in four strokes are caused by atrial fibrillation (an irregular heartbeat) which can be managed if diagnosed.
The Stroke Foundation’s policy and advocacy focus is on:
- Ensuring that Governments and the broader community know that stroke is preventable and take action to reduce stroke risk.
- Raising awareness of individual risk factors for stroke through Australia’s biggest blood pressure check, My Health for Life, and workplace health checks.
Find out more about our stroke prevention work here:
- Defuse stroke, campaign alert more Australians to stroke and tackle some of the myths surrounding stroke.
- Prevent a second stroke
- Medical approaches to stroke prevention
- Stroke Foundation’s position statement on E-cigarettes
- Australian Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance position statement on nutrition labelling on restaurant menus.
- Australian Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance’s position statement on alcohol supply.
- Australian Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance’s position statement on alcohol and chronic disease prevention.
- Australian Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance position statement on alcohol pricing and taxation.
- Australian Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance position statement on marketing and promotion of alcohol.
- Australian Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance position statement on health information and warning labels on alcohol.