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Tuesday, 11 September 2018
Page: 48


Senator URQUHART (TasmaniaOpposition Whip in the Senate) (15:37): At the request of Senator Bilyk, I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

   (i) 3 to 9 September 2018 was National Stroke Week,

   (ii) stroke is a leading cause of death and disability in Australia,

   (iii) in 2017, there were 56,000 cases of new and recurrent strokes in Australia,

   (iv) the financial cost of stroke in Australia is estimated to be $5 billion per year, and

   (v) more than 80% of strokes can be prevented by reducing risk factors through healthy lifestyle choices;

(b) urges the Australian Government to ensure appropriate investment in stroke prevention, research and support services; and

(c) urges all members and senators to help raise awareness of the FAST mnemonic ('Facial drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulties and Time to call emergency services') for recognising the symptoms of a stroke, and what to do in the event of a stroke.

Question agreed to.