1. Stroke is the second biggest killer in Australia. Although coronary heart disease is the greatest killer in Australia, stroke remains the leading cause of disability.
2. 1 in 6 Australians that you know will have a stroke in their lifetime./p>
3. According to Stroke Foundation, in 2012 about 50,000 Australians suffered new and recurrent strokes – that is 1000 strokes every week or one stroke every 10 minutes.
4. In 2012 there were nearly 130,000 stroke survivors under the age of 65 and over 420,000 Australians in total living with the effects of stroke.
5. In 2012 there were over 420,000 people living with the effects of stroke. This is predicted to increase to a shocking number of 709,000 in 2032.
6. Stroke in Australia kills more women than breast cancer and more men than prostate cancer. Although more individuals are more educated and aware of cancer than stroke.
7. 65 percent of those living with stroke also suffer a disability that impedes their ability to carry out daily living activities unassisted. This means they are unable to work and can have major financial issues./p>
8. In 2012, the total financial costs of stroke in Australia were estimated to be $5 billion for the Australian government. This can be reduced if there was more awareness and education to prevent stroke from occurring.
9. Loss of productivity due to loss of income can equate to $117,000 per person who has suffered from a stroke.
10. Carer costs and aids and home modifications are just a few expenses that Australian families will endure when a loved one is recovering from a stroke in Australia. This can cost over $5000.00AUD.