National Stroke Week 2011 ran from 12 – 18th September. We know that many of you were actively involved, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank you, and to bring you up to date with some highlights of that week and the month of September.
Stroke Week in the media:
This is a count of the number of times National Stroke Week was mentioned in print, radio, on TV and online news sites.
In Print: 215
On the Radio: 80
On TV: 21
Online Sites: 36
• In total, 3,966 Stroke Week activity packs were distributed this year. Packs were distributed through partnerships, stroke support groups, online registrations and other NSF activities and programs.
• Key partnerships continued with all state RSL clubs and most U3A state clubs, who were encouraged to hold an activity or display and received a free Stroke Week activity pack. Approximately 307,200 state golfers and 168,200 bowlers received a stroke risk factor checklist and a 1-in-6 poster for 2,800 of their club rooms combined.
• 50 Stroke Week grants of $200 were again available to stroke support groups (NSF, supported groups and friends of NSF) to support their National Stroke Week activities.
State-based launches and other activities:
New South Wales
• The national Stroke Week launch was held in Sydney on Monday 12 September at the State Library of NSW, with Dr Erin Lalor and a stroke survivor speaking, attracting good media coverage from Prime news.
• NSF held a display and public talk at Parramatta Library.
• The launch was held at Constitution Dock and featured approximately 50 Hobart City Council (Tassie Stroke Week Partner) staff performing a 6 minute physical workout with every 6th person being identified with a 1-in-6 T-shirt. The activity was led by 6 trainers from a local Fitness Centre who commenced proceedings with a 6 minute fitness demonstration. The Deputy Lord Mayor officiated and cut a 1-in-6 cake. A 1-in-6 resource table was set up in the council Customer Service Centre for Stroke Week; staff wore 1-in-6 T-shirts and a 1-in-6 educational featured on their Service Centre TV screen. In the north of the state the Launceston General Hospital Stroke Week Challenge featured 4 teams of 6 performing a 1:6 obstacle race. Both events generated good media coverage.
• Nurse-led 1-in-6 event and blood pressure testing at a suburban shopping centre, Royal Hobart Hospital and Glenorchy Medical Centre
• NSF staff presentations to 30 people at the Hobart Women’s Health Centre and Hobart Health Hub
• NSF & CRU (Community Rehabilitation Unit) combined event for stroke survivors and carers
• Dr Erin Lalor and two stroke survivors attended an informal ministerial briefing at the parliamentary offices on Friday 9th September, in attendance with six members of the legislative assembly and three members from the legislative council.
• 16 NSF staff and 11 corporate volunteers from National Australia Bank (NAB) and the Trust Company distributed ‘1 in 6’ stroke risk factor checklists to commuters entering and exiting Flinders Street and Southern Cross stations on Monday 12th and Wednesday 14th September. 9,600 checklists were distributed in total, with 70 blood pressures checked on the morning of Monday 12th at Southern Cross station. A member of the general public later contacted the NSF with a positive response, after going to her GP as a result of her high BP reading that day.
• NSF staff made presentations as part of events held at Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre, Footscray Hospital and Stroke Association of Victoria’s Stroke Week Forum.
• There were 12 strokesafe ambassador presentations conducted during National Stroke Week in Victoria to a total audience of 522 people.
• Perth Mayor Lisa Scaffidi and a stroke survivor spoke at an official State launch opening and generated good media coverage.
• A ‘Stroke for Stroke’ community awareness-raising swim was held in Fremantle and a ‘neuroacqua’ exercise session for stroke survivors generated enough interest to prompt 5 more of these workshops to be held.
• The launch of Rockingham Stroke Support Group very well attended.
• There were 7 strokesafe ambassador presentations to a total audience of 159 people.
Briefings were sent through to Health Minister’s offices for their information, with the following outcomes:
• NSW: Mrs Roza Sage (Member for Blue Mountains) and Dr Andrew McDonald (Member for Macquarie Fields) spoke on National Stroke Week as a Matter of Public Importance within the NSW Parliament.
• VIC: Ms Georgie Crozier (Member for Southern Metropolitan Region) used parliamentary adjournment to speak on National Stroke Week.
• TAS: Health Minister Michelle O’Byrne moved a motion in Parliament urging Tasmanians to support National Stroke Week.
• FED: Mrs Karen Andrews (Member for McPherson) spoke about National Stroke Week.