The National Stroke Foundation released a new report on July 14 2014 mapping out the localities of strokes in Australia.
The Assistant Minister for Health Fiona Nash explained that the report, Stroke in Australia: No postcode left untouched, identifies areas where the number of stroke victims is significant and where the disease is likely to be an issue.
"By identifying where there are high numbers of people living with risk factors such as high blood pressure and obesity, governments and service providers will be better able to support at-risk individuals with the aim of reducing instances of stroke in the community," Ms Nash said.
The report estimates more than 51,000 Australians will have a stroke in 2014. The two states where strokes are most prevalent per head of population are Tasmania and South Australia.
The effect of strokes in Australia
The number of strokes, survivors and death rate of stroke victims are estimated in the report. National Stroke Foundation CEO Dr Erin Lalor says that every region in Australia is affected by the disease, which has a big impact on the community.
"Every 10 minutes someone in Australia will suffer a stroke and there are a thousand cases each week. Close to 12,000 people will die in 2014 from stroke and two-thirds of those that survive will be disabled," Dr Lalor said.
"Despite successive governments recognising stroke as a national health priority, Australia does not have a federally funded strategy or the care services to address widespread need."
Strokes directly impact nearly 440,000 Australians a year. It also has an economic cost of $5 billion annually, this figure includes $3 billion in lost productivity due to strokes.
Ms Nash says that although the number of stroke deaths per 100,000 Australians that occur each year has been decreasing over the last 30 years, it is still the second most common underlying cause of death.
"Many people who survive stroke will be left with a disability, which places a significant burden on individuals as well as their carers, loved ones and the health system," said Ms Nash.
The Stroke Foundation provide information on what to do if you think a person is having a stroke and how to recognise the signs.
Having a comprehensive health insurance package can help following a stroke, however it is important to compare health insurance policies to know what will be covered in the case of such an event.