Making a difference for Tasmanian stroke survivors

15 January 2019|Lifestyle| Off Comments off on Making a difference for Tasmanian stroke survivors|

LIFE after stroke has been made easier for Tasmanians and their families thanks to the Stroke Foundation’s My Stroke Journey resource.

My Stroke Journey is an information pack delivering high quality information to help stroke patients transition home from hospital and continue their recovery.

Health professionals, stroke survivors and their families gathered at the Royal Hobart Hospital recently to celebrate the impact the resource has had on navigating life after stroke since its inception in 2013.

The Royal Hobart Hospital has been a big supporter of the information pack and plans to increase its distribution.

Stroke Foundation executive director of stroke services Toni Aslett said Tasmania had the highest stroke incidence per capita in the country.

She said it was vital all stroke survivors and their families were provided with the information and support to navigate and maximise life post stroke.

“Stroke attacks the brain, the human control centre, and can impact your physical and mental abilities – it strikes in an instant, changing lives,” she said.

“Advancements in emergency stroke treatment mean more Tasmanians are surviving stroke than ever before, but stroke’s impact on a survivor and their family can be far reaching.

“Now, we must ensure these treatments are maximised and stroke survivors are empowered to live well.

“Hospital is one step on the stroke journey for survivors and their families – this information pack helps provide a roadmap for the rest of the way.”

Royal Hobart Hospital clinical nurse consultant Deirdre Broadby said My Stroke Journey was a great resource for patients and their families.

“For many, the transition from hospital to home is just the start of their stroke journey,” she said.

“Leaving the security of hospital and obtaining support mechanisms can be stressful for some survivors and this information pack makes that transition easier by providing vital information and guidance.”

The My Stroke Journey information pack is delivered with the support of Bayer Australian Limited and brings together all the details people need post stroke.

Stroke Foundation has issued nearly 100,000 copies of My Stroke Journey nationally since 2013.

Caption: From left, Stroke Foundation’s Stephen Rue, Royal Hobart Hospital clinical nurse consultant Deidre Broadby and stroke survivor Mike Whittle.

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