Ground-breaking stroke research projects have been given a kick-start as part of the National Stroke Foundation’s annual grants program.
National Stroke Foundation will provide more than $312,000 to eleven Australian researchers, underpinning new research and supporting future leaders in stroke.
Professor Amanda Thrift, Chair of the National Stroke Foundation’s Research Advisory Committee said the new research projects announced today had the potential to influence important change in stroke practice, policy and knowledge.
“Evidence-based research is key to helping health professionals and governments better understand stroke, and improving its care and treatment,” Prof Thrift says.
“This latest round of grants cover priority research areas, including improving the delivery of high quality stroke care, transitioning patients from the acute setting into the community, and management of fatigue.
“Excitingly many of the funded projects are looking at how new and emerging technology can help stroke patients, giving us great hope for the future of stroke care in this country.”
Projects funded through the 2016 grants round include an evaluation of the FAST signs of stroke awareness campaign; and research into acute care of culturally and linguistically diverse stroke survivors.
Other funded projects include a feasibility study of a culturally appropriate rehabilitation model for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stroke patients, and a smart phone rehabilitation app for stroke survivors with aphasia (speaking and comprehension impairment).
National Stroke Foundation Acting CEO Mary Orgill says high quality research is vital to improving outcomes for Australian stroke patients.
“The National Stroke Foundation is proud to support the delivery of new research into how stroke is treated and managed in Australia,” Orgill says.
“The Foundation’s research program supports health professionals and academics to investigate innovative ways of preventing stroke, improving its treatment and supporting stroke survivors in the community.
“More than 11,000 lives are lost to stroke every year and many more people are left with lifelong disability. It is crucial that we continually look at how we can improve the prevention, treatment and management of this insidious disease.”