The Stroke Association of Victoria (SAV) is a dedicated community-based support service for people re-entering their lives after having a stroke.
We are committed to providing stroke survivors and carers across Victoria with access to the support services they need to re-engage with their community.
Our Stroke Support Centres aim to bridge the gap from discharge to community re-engagement. Through effective connections with community, general practitioners and allied-health providers, we aim to assist each stroke survivor with their longer-term recovery. We do this through non-clinical, community-based support and self-led recovery including communication, mood, mobility and community engagement.
We have developed an online stroke support program, which is run via the ZOOM platform and is open to stroke survivors and their carers across Victoria, no matter where they are located. Our online program provides stroke survivors and their carers with access to skill development activities, educational talks, and social connection with peers via an online support group.
The Stroke Association of Victoria has recognised the need for making stroke support more geographically accessible.
Our Centres provide activities on a rotating monthly schedule and are structured around a strengths-based, or an interest-based approach. Strength-based activities work with individual members and their own capacity/level of ability, such as our upper limb recovery program, using ableX & ableM devices. Interest-based activities are activities that individual members have identified as an existing or new opportunity to engage in. Group activities include mindfulness, meditation, cooking, art therapy, singing and low-impact sports, such as chair-based yoga; all aimed at self-led recovery and empowerment outcomes. Some of these group activites are also offered through our online stroke support program.
According to Australian Institute of Health & Welfare, stroke kills more women than breast cancer and more men than prostate cancer.
From 2017-2019, SAV, in partnership with Deakin University, and funded by AMP Foundation, undertook an action research project with working age stroke survivors in Geelong. The project resulted in a 21% increase in post-stroke employment for program participants (71% of program participants returned to work compared to just 50% of the general working-age stroke population). We aim to expand on this success by providing stroke survivors across Victoria with individualised support to further their education, or return to meaningful employment; paid or voluntary.
Deloitte Access Economics states the financial cost of stroke in Australia is estimated to be $5 billion each year.
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