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    11   NATIONAL STROKE WEEK

The order of the day having been read for the resumption of the debate on the motion of Ms Hall—That this House:

(1)    notes that:

(a)    stroke awareness week is 10 to 16 September 2012; and

(b)   the focus of National Stroke Week in 2012 is to encourage people to understand their stroke risk;

(2)    notes with concern that:

(a)    stroke remains the second biggest killer and a leading cause of disability in Australia;

(b)   one in six people will suffer a stroke in their lifetime; and

(c)    around 60,000 people will suffer new or recurrent strokes this year;

(3)    recognises that:

(a)    the risk of stroke is influenced by a number of factors beyond our control, including age, gender and family history;

(b)   there are many lifestyle risk factors that are within our control and with this knowledge we can act to reduce our risk of stroke; and

(c)    lifestyle risk factors which can be controlled include:

(i)    high blood pressure;

(ii)   high cholesterol;

(iii)  smoking cigarettes;

(iv)  poor diet and lack of exercise;

(v)   being overweight; and

(vi)  drinking too much alcohol;

(4)    understands:

(a)    that every Australian needs to know their stroke risk; and

(b)   lifestyle changes can have a significant impact in reducing a person’s risk of stroke;

(5)    acknowledges the:

(a)    important role of families and carers of stroke victims; and

(b)   valuable work of the National Stroke Foundation; and

(6)    asks all Members to raise awareness of stroke risk and the preventative actions that people can take to help reduce their risk of stroke ( see item No. 2, Votes and Proceedings )—

Debate resumed.

The time allotted for the debate having expired, the debate was interrupted, and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for the next meeting.