01 September 2008

Thomas George, Member for Lismore, is supporting the National Stroke Foundation’s campaign to raise public awareness of the signs of stroke – Australia’s second biggest killer and a leading cause of disability.

Mr George is helping to distribute the Stroke Foundation’s FAST wallet cards during National Stroke Week from September 15.

Mr George says FAST is a simple way of remembering the signs of stroke and what to do if you experience them or see the signs in another person.

FAST stand for Facial wakness, Arm weakness, Speech difficulties, Time to act FAST – calling 000 immediately could prevent death or severe disability.

In 2007, the National Stroke Foundation asked Australians aged over 40 what they know about stroke and 15 per cent said they did not know any of the signs of stroke.

“I commend the National Stroke Foundation for accepting the challenge to get the FAST message out to 1.3 million Australians.

“It’s an important message because getting the right medical attention as fast as possible could save lives and reduce disability,” Mr George says.

The Chief Executive Officer of the National Stroke Foundation, Dr Erin Lalor, says many Australians do not realise the extent of stroke.

“Not only is it Australia’s second biggest killer but the number of strokes will increase each year as Australia’s population ages unless we can reduce the incidence rate.

“In the next 12 months Australians will suffer nearly 60,000 new and recurrent strokes – that’s one every ten minutes. In the next ten years more than half a million people will suffer a stroke,” Dr Lalor says.

Mr George invited constituents to contact the electorate office on 66213624 to obtain the FAST wallet cards.

Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 1800 336 166 or 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403  Email:

Authorised by Thomas George MP. Funded using Parliamentary entitlements.