National Stroke Foundation chief executive officer Dr Erin Lalor said that for $3 per Australian, per year, we can begin to "improve stroke care, reduce the death and reduce the disability".
Dr Lalor launched a three-year, $198 million National Action Plan for Stroke yesterday (December 18), in response to concern about how stroke is managed in Australia.
Stroke is said to be Australia's second biggest killer, with Dr Lalor calling on the Australian government to fund the five key policy proposals outlined in the National Action Plan.
"Stroke has been a designated national health priority since 1996 but has never received designated funding for a stroke strategy", Dr Lalor said.
"We pride ourselves on the quality of our healthcare system in this country and yet stroke care continues to fall short of world-best standard with no commitment to improvement".
The plan includes boosting the 'Know your numbers' health check program to identify Australians at risk of stroke, increasing the number of people eligible to receive "time-critical" stroke treatment and improving the standard of stroke care in hospital.
Introducing a "support safety-net" for stroke survivors in the community was also another initiative as well as research to improve understanding of how to best support stroke rehabilitation.
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