NSW minister for health Jillian Skinner spoke on Monday September 10 of the importance of having a 'coordinated medical and community approach' to the condition that will affect a large number of people, with the arrival of Stroke Awareness Week.
Mrs Skinner said that the awareness of stroke risk factors and effects is poor among the public.
"One in five people having their first-ever stroke dies within a month, and one in three dies within a year," the minister said.
“In fact stroke kills more women than breast cancer and more men than prostate cancer.”
The week promotes community awareness of stroke and the effects it can have on patients and their carers, but Mrs Skinner says it's also an opportunity to recognise clinicians who specialise in stroke care.
Mrs Skinner acknowledged the role that the NSW Recovery Association played in supporting families dealing with stroke, saying that Stroke Recovery Clubs "do a fantastic job".
"Stroke Recovery Clubs work closely with hospital stroke units, stroke coordinators and rehabilitation centres to assist people who have had a stroke continue their recovery when they return home and re-join their community," Mrs Skinner said.
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