The needs of stroke survivors in Australia – Stroke Foundation – 1 October 2013

Posted on October 1, 2013. Filed under: Neurology, Rehabilitation | Tags: |

The needs of stroke survivors in Australia – Stroke Foundation – 1 October 2013

“The increasing number of people surviving strokes is leading to a crisis in service provision as the health and community support systems struggle to keep pace with demand.

Decades-long lack of investment in stroke services and community support mechanisms mean more than 300,000 Australians are struggling to access the help they need for day-today activities such as dressing themselves, using the bathroom and communicating.

Meanwhile, the number of people living following a stroke is expected to almost double to more than 700,000 within the next two decades.

A new report, released today by the National Stroke Foundation, shows Australians are struggling every day due to a lack of access to essential support – a situation that is set to worsen as the number of stroke survivors grows. The report shows services are fragmented and access is dependent on where survivors live.

National Stroke Foundation Chief Executive Officer Dr Erin Lalor said the gaps in Australian stroke care, right across the stroke patient journey, were causing unnecessary pain and suffering.”

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