The early warning signs of stroke can be remembered via the acronym FAST: Face, Arm, Speech and Time.
Getting to hospital as quickly as possible is vital when faced with a potential stroke, and will help improve the prospect of recovery.
Together with our charity extension The Hospital Research Foundation Group – Stroke (formerly Stroke SA), we are dedicated to providing world-leading research, care and services to improve the acute treatment, recovery and prevention of stroke.
Associate Professor Tim Kleinig answers your vital questions about stroke
Providing occupational therapy, counselling, wellbeing services, support groups and advice for people affected by stroke and their families.
Operating a specialised exercise physiology service in Adelaide called the Brain x Body Fitness Studio, which focuses on improving body and brain health through exercise that encourages neuroplasticity.
Running social activities like singing, arts and writing groups to encourage wellbeing, social contact and peer support.
Offering stroke patients which present to the Royal Adelaide Hospital the opportunity to participate in world-leading clinical trials which focus on stroke treatment in the emergency stage, the care immediately after stroke and secondary prevention.
Investigating what causes Transient Ischaemic Attacks (TIA), or mini strokes, with the hope of developing a diagnostic test for TIAs in order to administer the appropriate treatments and prevent future strokes.
Establishing a new student-led physiotherapy clinic for people needing more intensive arm therapy once hospital-based rehabilitation has finished.
Implementing new “Screen, Clean, Hydrate” protocols in Lyell McEwin Hospital and Flinders Medical Centre to help address dysphagia (impaired swallowing) and other adverse outcomes. Dr Joanne Murray says this approach aims to ensure:
A detailed, educational video has been created for regional clinicians and SA Ambulance officers to better identify the symptoms of stroke, as getting treatment quickly is a critical factor in the survival and recovery from stroke.
Running a promising trial which tests Botox therapy on stroke patients with lower limb spasticity.