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Quicker diagnosis and help for stroke victims



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Authorised by Greg Hunt MP, Liberal Party of Australia, Somerville, Victoria.

The Hon. Greg Hunt MP Minister for Health

MEDIA RELEASE

10 August 2018

Quicker diagnosis and help for stroke victims

The Turnbull Government is providing $1.5 million to ensure doctors have the latest research and information on treating stroke at their fingertips, giving patients the best chance for survival.

Most clinical guidelines are currently in paper form but this funding will allow Stroke Foundation and Cochrane Australia to provide health professionals with the latest clinical guidelines and real-time research findings via an app.

This will allow doctors to treat patients with the most up-to-date breakthroughs.

Stroke is one of Australia’s biggest causes of mortality, killing more women than breast cancer and more men than prostate cancer, and is a leading cause of disability.

Every nine minutes an Australian experiences a stroke, with 56,000 strokes occurring in 2017.

When it comes to diagnosing and treating strokes we know that time is vital.

Minutes can literally mean the difference between life and death.

But strokes are also treatable and I am proud to supporting doctors to have the latest, best clinical evidence for treatments at their fingertips.

Ensuring stroke sufferers get treatment quickly is essential to their prospects of survival and rehabilitation.

The availability of the latest living guidelines will help clinicians base their treatment decisions on the most up-to-date information and research.

The app will be accessible to clinicians on tablet, phone and desktop.

All Australians benefit from investment in health and medical research, with the Turnbull Government investing $7 billion over six years through the National Health and Medical Research Council, the Medical Research Future Fund and the Biomedical Translation Fund.

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