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Tasmania strengthens plan to deliver better quality stroke treatment

Patients who have suffered a stroke perform recovery activities with the help of nurses in the recovery program at Hospital
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Funding of $440,000 for Stroke Foundation to continue its targeted programs in the state was included in last week’s budget.

The funding was part of the Government’s $3.9 million investment to continue community healthcare initiatives during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic response and recovery period.

“Continuity of care has been a major challenge during the pandemic for stoke survivors and its impact will be felt as the country emerges from various restrictions and adapts to living in a COVID-19 world,’’ said Mr O’Toole, Stroke Foundation Tasmania State Manager Eamonn.

“The Tasmanian Government’s continued support of Stroke Foundation’s programs will help address these challenges.”

Recently released data shows 665 Tasmanians will experience a stroke for the first time in their lived this year and there are more than 11,000 people living with stroke in the community. Tasmania has the highest incidence of stroke in the country (per-capita).

The 2020-2021 Tasmanian Budget commitment will support:

F.A.S.T. Community Education Program to help Tasmanians recognise a stroke when it occurs by knowing the most common signs of stroke (Face, Arms, Speech,Time).

StOP (Stroke Outreach Program) ensuring stroke survivors and their families are supported to live well after stroke and avoid another stroke.

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