NACCHO #braininjuryawareness Week Health News: Stroke strikes the younger generation

NACCHO Aboriginal Health News Alerts

Fourmile

“It can happen to anyone — stroke doesn’t discriminate against colour, it doesn’t discriminate against age “

Seith Fourmile, Indigenous stroke survivor campaigns for culture to aid in stroke recovery

Download report BRAININJURY AUSTRALIApospaperyoungstroke2016

Acquired brain injuries in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations

  • The incidence rate of stroke for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians has been found to be 2.6 times higher for men and 3.0 for women (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2008; Katzenellenbogan et al. 2010) compared to non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and many suggest that these figures may in fact be underestimates (Thrift et al 2011).
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians are known to experience stroke at a younger age than their non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander counterparts, (Katzenellenbogen et al., 2010; Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2004) with 60% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander non-fatal stroke burden occurring in the…

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