Stroke Facts in Australia

1 in 6 people will have a stroke in their lifetime. These people are someone’s sister, brother, wife, husband, daughter, son, partner, mother, father… friend. Behind the numbers are real lives.

  • In 2014 about 51,000 Australians will suffer a new or recurrent stroke – that is 1000 strokes every week or one stroke every 10 minutes.

  • In 2012 there were nearly 130,000 or 30 percent of stroke survivors under the age of 65 in the community. (In 2012 there were over 420,000 people living with the effects of stroke and 30 percent of these people were of working age).

  • In 2014 there were over 437,000 people living with the effects of stroke. This is predicted to increase to 709,000 in 2032.

  • Stroke kills more women than breast cancer and more men than prostate cancer.

  • 65 percent of those living with stroke also suffer a disability that impedes their ability to carry out daily living activities unassisted.

  • In 2012, the total financial costs of stroke in Australia were estimated to be $5 billion.

  • The estimate of $49.3 billion in burden of disease costs for stroke is comparable to the $41 billion burden of disease costs that Deloitte Access Economics estimated for anxiety and depression in 2010.

Source: Stroke foundation Australia, 2014

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