The National Stroke Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that works with the public, government, health professionals, patients, carers and stroke survivors to reduce the impact of stroke on the Australian community.
Their Vision A world free from disability and suffering caused by stroke. Their Mission Stop stroke, save lives, end suffering. Their Goal To save 110,000 lives from death and disability caused by stroke in Australia over 10 years. They will achieve this by:
- Raising awareness about the risk factors and signs of stroke and promoting healthy lifestyles.
- Improving treatment for stroke to save lives and reduce disability.
- Improving life after stroke for stroke survivors.
- Encouraging and facilitating stroke research.
Programs and services provided include:
- Telephone Support Line – the toll free 1800 StrokeLine provides information, referrals and support and is available across Australia.
- Support Services – support groups exist in many parts of Australia for stroke survivors to make contact with others for the purpose of peer support. There are also referrals to support programs for carers.
- Information Services – information about the types of stroke, how it happens, facts, figures and statistics on stroke are available free of charge.
- Education – a range of publications help to educate the public and health professionals on recognising the signs of stroke as well as prevention, treatment and recovery from stroke.
- Promotion – various awareness campaigns and events to raise funds are organised throughout the year including National Stroke Week and Know your numbers.
- Fundraising – fun events throughout the year which raise funds to help beat stroke, including Beat the Boat and Counter Stroke Golf.
- Community Education Programs – development of a health professional network responsible for delivering educational seminars to community groups on behalf of the Foundation.
- Research – funding of high quality research through award of grants.
For further infomation visit, www.strokefoundation.com.au or call the StrokeLine on: 1800 787 653.
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