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Do you know the signs of a stroke?

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Federal Member for Wannon

Hamilton Office 190 Gray St, HAMILTON VIC 3300 Warrnambool Office 73 Kepler St WARRNAMBOOL VIC 3280 Freecall 1300 131 692 E W

Federal Member for Wannon

25 July 2008


Stroke is Australia’s second biggest killer, but there is a simple way of remembering the signs that could help you to save someone’s life, or even your own, Federal Member for Wannon, David Hawker, said today.

Mr Hawker is supporting the National Stroke Foundation’s campaign to raise public awareness of the signs of stroke by helping distribute FAST wallet cards during Stroke Week from September 15.

“FAST is a simple way of remembering the signs of a stroke and what to do if you experience them or see the signs in another person,” Mr Hawker said.

“FAST stands for Facial weakness, Arm weakness, Speech difficulties, Time to act FAST - calling 000 immediately could prevent death or sever disability.”

Mr Hawker said in 2007 the National Stroke Foundation asked Australians aged over 40 what they know about stroke and 15 per cent said they did not know any of the signs of stroke.

“I commend the National Stroke Foundation for accepting the challenge to get the FAST message out to 1.3 million Australians,” he said.

“It’s an important message because getting the right medical attention as fast as possible could save lives and reduce disability.”

Chief Executive Officer of the Stroke Foundation, Dr Erin Lalor, says many Australians do not realise the extent of stroke.

“Not only is it Australia’s biggest killer but the number of strokes will increase each year as Australia’s population ages unless we can reduce the incidence rate,” Dr Lalor says.

“In the next 12 months Australians will suffer nearly 60,000 new and recurrent strokes - that’s one every ten minutes. N the next ten years more than half a million people will suffer a stroke.”

Mr Hawker invited constituents to contact the electorate office on 1300 131 692 (local call) to obtain the FAST wallet cards.

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