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Over 475,000 people are living in Australia who have had a stroke. If you also take into consideration their carers, this equates to almost 1 million Australians living with the affects of stroke. Ref Stroke Foundation. (2017). National Stroke Audit: Acute Services Report 2017. Retrieved from informme.org.au/stroke-data.
30% of Australians that suffer a stroke are under the age of 60.
The incidence of young people having a stroke is dramatically increasing, thought to be mainly due to lifestyle.
Only 36% of people showing symptoms of a stroke arrive at an appropriate care facility within 4.5 hours, in time to receive life saving treatment and also to possibly reduce the degree of disability.
There is currently no cure for stroke and much needed funds are required to support research.
There is currently very little support available for stroke survivors, their carers and families once the patient, often with a physical and/or intellectual disability, is discharged from hospital or rehabilitation.
Many stroke survivors, and their carers can lead an isolated and lonely journey, often leading to depression and anxiety. RefReference for depression: Hackett ML, Yapa C, Parag V, Anderson CS 2005, “Frequency of depression after stroke: a
systematic review of observational studies”, Stroke 36(6):1330-40.
Reference for isolation: Lynch, E.B.; Butt, Z.; Heinemann, A.; Victorson, D.; Nowinski, C.J.; Perez, L.; Cella, D. A qualitative study of quality of life after stroke: The importance of social relationships. J. Rehabil. Med. 2008, 40, 518–523.
Reference for anxiety: Cumming T.B. (2016) American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 24 (2) , pp. 154-160.