ANF supporting national stroke campaign

Tuesday 16th July, 2013

Australia’s largest health union, the Australian Nursing Federation (ANF), is supporting a new national public awareness campaign aimed at educating the community on how to recognise the symptoms of stroke.

Stroke is the second most common cause of deaths in Australia

According to the National Stroke Foundation, stroke is the second most common cause of all deaths in Australia. One in 6 people will suffer a stroke.

The $2 million FAST campaign, funded by the Federal Government, outlines the vital checks that need to be taken to quickly respond to the symptoms of stroke. FAST stands for:

Face - has their mouth drooped?
Arms - can they lift both?
Speech - is it slurred, can they understand you?
Time - is critical. If you see any of these signs, ring 000 straight away.

There are around 1000 cases of stroke every week across Australia

ANF Federal Secretary, Lee Thomas, said today that faster treatment can save a stroke victim’s life, limit the disability they can experience and aid in their overall recovery in the long term.

“Stroke is a killer, with around 1000 cases of stroke every week across Australia,” Ms Thomas said.

“All too often nurses are treating people who haven’t managed to get to hospital fast enough for treatment.

Campaign to increase awareness of the warning signs of stroke to help save lives

“The FAST campaign will increase the awareness of the warning signs of stroke, spelling out that stroke victims need to get hospital as quickly as possible to ensure they get medical care as quickly as possible.”

The FAST campaign will be featured via a national media campaign over the next 12 months.

“We urge people to take the time to take a look at the information on the FAST campaign,” Ms Thomas added.

“Understanding the symptoms of stroke, and how to react quickly to them, could help save the life of a family member, a friend or a colleague.”

The ANF, with over 230,000 members, is the professional and industrial voice for nurses, midwives and assistants in nursing in Australia.

ANF media inquiries: Richard Lenarduzzi on 0411 254 390.