Stroke Foundation has welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement of a new research centre to tackle stroke and heart disease.
Minister for Health and Aged Care the Hon Greg Hunt MP announced the centre as part of a $38 million research boost to prevention strategies, treatments and cures for diabetes and cardiovascular disease which includes stroke and transient ischaemic attacks (TIA).
Stroke Foundation Research Advisory Committee Chair Professor Amanda Thrift said this investment was much needed as we strive to reduce the burden of these diseases on Australian patients, their families and the community.
“Research into chronic disease is needed now more than ever as our population grows and ages,” Professor Thrift said.
“The opportunity is there to save lives and improve the health and wellbeing of our community for generations to come.
“High quality research holds the key. This announcement will help our best and brightest minds take steps forward in innovation.”
More than 445,000 Australians are living with the impact of stroke, yet it can be largely prevented and outcomes can be improved if people can access the time-critical treatment and care they need.
Stroke costs Australia a shocking $6.2 billion dollars in direct financial costs and a further $26 billion in premature mortality and lost wellbeing (short and long-term disability) each year.
Stroke Foundation Acting Chief Executive Officer John De Rango said the announcement aligned with The National Strategic Action Plan for Heart Disease and Stroke, co-designed with the National Heart Foundation. The Action Plan is currently under consideration by Government.
“The Action Plan provides a roadmap for our organisations to work with Federal and State Governments to reduce the impact of stroke and heart disease on the individual, the community and the health care system,” Mr De Rango said.
“Research underpins and drives every element of the Action Plan,” he said.
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