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COTA NT is hosting two StrokeSafe talks this July

21 Jun 2023

In Australia, a stroke occurs every 19 minutes. In 2020, more than 27,000 Australians, of all ages, experienced stroke for the first time… But the good news is that it doesn’t need to be this way. More than 80 percent of strokes can be prevented.

We’re proud to be hosting StrokeFoundation StrokeSafe Speaker, Janet Weir at two presentations. Both are free to attend and open to all members of the community.

  • Thursday 6 July,  9.30am to 11am, Batchelor Rum Jungle Bowls Club, Pinaroo Way, Batchelor – Bookings via Jan Jewell 0408 760 257
  • Friday 14 July, 9.30am to 12pm, Spillet House, 65 Smith Street, Darwin – Bookings via COTA eventbrite page or by calling Lorna McLaughlin on 08 8941 1004

StrokeSafe Speakers are trained in public speaking and experienced in delivering life-saving messages about stroke. Many have either had a stroke themselves or are close to someone who has, so while they will present common information about stroke and its prevention, they will also draw on their own personal experiences so every talk is different – and very powerful.

This is your chance to learn how you could help save the life of a friend, family member or colleague and how you can reduce your own stroke risk.

Top 10 facts about stroke

  • There were 27,428 Australians who experienced stroke for the first time in their lives in 2020, which equates to one stroke every 19 minutes.
  • One in four people globally will have a stroke in their lifetime.
  • More than 445,087 Australians are living with the effects of stroke.
  • Stroke is one of Australia’s biggest killers. It kills more women than breast cancer and more men than prostate cancer.
  • In 2020, the estimated cost of stroke in Australia was $6.2 billion in direct financial impact, and a further $26.0 billion in mortality and lost wellbeing.
  • More than 80 percent of strokes can be prevented.
  • In 2020, 6,535 (24 percent of total) first-ever strokes occurred in people aged 54 years and under.
  • Regional Australians are 17 percent more likely to suffer a stroke than those in metropolitan areas.
  • When a stroke strikes, it attacks up to 1.9 million brain cells per minute.
  • Without action by 2050 it is predicted that the number of first-ever strokes experienced by Australians annually will increase to 50,600, or one stroke every 10 minutes, and there will be 819,900 survivors of stroke living in the community.

For references place see strokefoundation.org.au/about-stroke/learn/facts-and-figures

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