Ipswich Hospital gets a big tick for stroke week campaign
IPSWICH Hospital recently won the Stroke Week award, for taking up the challenge to raise awareness of stroke - one of Australia's biggest killers and a leading cause of disability.
Each year, the National Stroke Foundation awards a hospital for its awareness campaigns and this year Ipswich Hospital picked up the accolade for its range of activities across Stroke Awareness Week.
Ipswich Hospital's Stroke Unit held a number of activities from in-house events to a 5km stroke fun run.
Other events included a team breakfast, a Stroke Awareness Week competition, a social media campaign, a know your numbers health check station, various stroke week displays and a luncheon for stroke survivors.
The Stroke Unit team received a huge hamper for their efforts in raising stroke awareness within the hospital and the community.
- 1 in 6 people will have a stroke in their lifetime
- There is one case of a stroke reported every 10 minutes
- In 2015 there will be almost 440,000 people living with the effects of stroke
- Stroke kills more women than breast cancer and more men than prostate cancer
- 65% of those living with stroke also suffer a disability that impedes their ability to carry out daily living activities unassisted.