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Thursday, April 25, 2024

Be Stroke aware this September

Did you know that 1-in-6 people will experience a stroke and that it is the third leading cause of death in Australia?

Medical treatments have advanced enormously over the past 25 years and it is estimated that over 475,000 people who have survived a stroke are living within the Australian community.

If you take into consideration carers, this equates to almost one million Australians living with the effects of stroke.

NSW Stroke Awareness Week is held as a follow up to National Stroke Week with an aim to
increase awareness of recovery after a stroke and to celebrate the achievements of the many survivors of stroke and their carers/families living in the community.

The Stroke Recovery Association NSW in collaboration with Stroke Services NSW, are raising awareness and offering support to those who have experienced stroke.

This year’s NSW Stroke Awareness Week will be a very exciting time as it is the celebration of the Association’s 45th Anniversary and the 25th Anniversary since the introduction of Specialised Stroke Units in NSW hospitals.

It is also the first opportunity we have had the to resume this very important event, where we celebrate the collaborative working relationship between the Association and the wonderful clinicians who go above and beyond in their work to support Survivors of Stroke and their families in NSW Health.

From Albury to Broken Hill, Tweed Heads to Bega; there are 42 Stroke Recovery Clubs/groups/choirs reaching across all of NSW, with over 1,000 members providing support to survivors of the life-changing event that is a stroke.

NSW Stroke Awareness Week 2022 will run from 5 – 11 September, with several events
planned throughout NSW; there is a way for everyone to get involved. For over 45 years, the Stroke Recovery Association NSW has been offering a range of services to those who have experienced stroke, their families and carers.

Assisting them to “Recover, Regain and Reclaim” their lives – an ongoing theme of NSW Stroke Awareness Week.

One of the most popular events on the calendar is the Creating Connections Stroke Conference. The Conference enables all who attend to learn more about the impact and effects of stroke with Stroke Clinicians from NSW Health provide the latest information about stroke research and provide those who attend an excellent overview of the services available for them to access.

In 2022, this event will be held at Club Burwood RSL, and also livestreamed online.
Events for the week include; the launch of NSW Stroke Awareness Week at Parliament House, Tartan Ribbon Day, Creating Connections Stroke Conference and the Charity Bridge Day. There is a wide range of events suited to everyone who wants to be involved. Many of the Stroke Recovery Clubs will be out and about displaying information about stroke prevention and the services provided by the Association.

If you would like to learn more about the Association, its services and the events that may be happening in your local area, visit the Stroke Recovery Association website at
www.strokensw.org.au. Or contact the Association on 1300 650 594.

For more information, or to get in contact with a stroke survivor in your area, contact Michelle or Rachel on 1300 650 594 or email info@strokensw.org.au.

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