TVSN is proud to support the Stroke Foundation as our charity of choice
The Stroke Foundation is a national charity that partners with the community to prevent, treat and beat stroke. We stand alongside stroke survivors and their families, healthcare professionals and researchers. We build community awareness and foster new thinking and innovative treatments. We support survivors on their journey to live the best possible life after stoke. We are the voice of stroke in Australia and we work to:
- Raise awareness of the risk factors, signs of stroke and promote healthy lifestyles.
- Improve treatment for stroke to save lives and reduce disability.
- Improve life after stroke for survivors.
- Encourage and facilitate stroke research.
- Advocate for initiatives to prevent, treat and beat stroke.
- Raise funds from the community, corporate sector and government to continue our mission.
Top ten facts about stroke
- 1. Stroke is one of Australia’s biggest killers and a leading cause of disability.1
2. Stroke kills more women than breast cancer and more men than prostate cancer.2
3. In 2017 there will be more than 55,000 new and recurrent strokes – that is 1000
strokes every week or one stroke every 10 minutes.3
4. More than 80% of strokes can be prevented.4
5. In 2017 there will be more than 470,000 people living with the effects of stroke. This
is predicted to increase to 709,000 by 2032.5
6. Around 30% of stroke survivors are of working age [under the age of 65]. This
equates to around 1 in 3 of the 55,000 strokes each year. 6
7. 65% of stroke survivors suffer a disability which impedes their ability to carry out daily
living activities unassisted.7
8. The financial cost of stroke in Australia is estimated to be $5 billion each year.8
9. In 2015, funding for stroke research through the National Health & Medical Research
Council (NHMRC) represented just 4.1 percent of the total investment in medical
10. The FAST test is an easy way to recognise and remember the signs of stroke. Using
the FAST test involves asking these simple questions:
Face – Check their face. Has their mouth drooped?
Arms – Can they lift both arms?
Speech – Is their speech slurred? Do they understand you?
Time – Time is critical. If you see any of these signs, call 000 straight away
Stroke is one of Australia’s biggest killers and a leading cause of disability. Stroke kills more women than breast cancer and more men then prostate cancer. In 2017 Australia will experience more than 55,000 and there are more than 470,000 people living with the effects of stroke. With your support the Stroke Foundation will partner with the community to raise the awareness and work to prevent, treat and beat stroke.
Phone: 1300 194 196