National Stroke Audit Rehabilitation Services Report 2012 – National Stroke Foundation – 3 November 2012

Posted on November 6, 2012. Filed under: Neurology | Tags: , |

National Stroke Audit Rehabilitation Services Report 2012 – National Stroke Foundation – 3 November 2012

Media release:  Many stroke rehabilitation services “remain substandard”: Report

“Some critical stroke rehabilitation services are either unavailable or “substandard” for many patients because of inadequate staffing, education and resources in our hospitals, according to a new report that examines inpatient stroke rehabilitation services in Australia.

The findings are released just days after the nation’s first stroke summit, where 70 survivors and carers from across Australia went to Parliament House in Canberra to demand better stroke awareness, funding, resources, care and support in Australia. The stroke summit, held at Parliament House in Canberra over two days this week (30-31 October), endorsed a Call to Action for stroke and outlined eight areas that urgently need improvement. They include better preparation to prevent stroke, better treatment for those who have had a stroke and better support so people can recover from their stroke.

The National Stroke Audit Rehabilitation Services Report 2012, released today, is a survey of 111 hospitals and 2821 stroke patients and represents more than 40 per cent of all Australian stroke patients admitted for inpatient rehabilitation in the 12-month period from 1 January 2011 to 31 December 2011.

Conducted by the National Stroke Foundation, the audit has made recommendations for better psychological services, discharge planning, rehabilitation coordination and family involvement in stroke recovery to be available to every stroke patient.”

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