Anita Roper, SAV Board Chair, speaks with 9News about the recent State Government Funding announcement and what it will mean for Stroke Survivors, their Carers and families across the State.
I am pleased to announce that as a result of the hard work of the Association’s team & Board, along with Stroke Survivors & Carers across the State, we have successfully secured funding to open two new Stroke Support Centres in Ballarat and Morwell. The Centres will offer peer support, education, skill development, and social & assisted activities to help more than 200 Stroke Survivors a month to connect with their communities.
The funding received will assist us to build on the success of our return to work program in Geelong, and expand it across our existing Centres in Shepparton and Bendigo. Returning to work will be made easier for Stroke Survivors through personalised support, work readiness assessments and vocational services, including vocational mentoring.
The funding received is a small, but significant, part of the Labor Government’s $8.7 million investment to improve health outcomes from cardiac conditions and strokes in regional and rural areas.
There were a number of people who were responsible for this fantastic outcome, including local businesses, sponsors and partners; however, in particular, we’d like to extend our sincere thanks for the long-standing support of elected representatives, The Hon. Martin Foley MP (Minister for Health), The Hon. Gabrielle Williams MP (State Member for Dandenong), Christine Couzens MP (State Member for Geelong), Juliana Addison MP (Member for Wendouree), Michaela Settle MP (Member for Buninyong), The Hon. Russell Northe MLA (Member of Morwell), The Hon. Melissa Horne MP (Member for Williamstown), Suzanna Sheed MP (Member for Shepparton District), Maree Edwards MP (State Member for Bendigo West), Lisa Chesters MP (Federal Member for Bendigo), Pauline Richards MP (Member for Cranbourne District) and John Kennedy MP (Member for Hawthorn).
We have further work to do in sourcing and securing the remaining funding required; however, this is a big step for the Association in gaining recognition from our local Members and the State & Federal Governments.
Anita Roper, FIML, GAICD Board Chair
“This new Centre will mean people with a stroke related injury in Ballarat can get the treatment and support they need to regain their independence, close to home.”
Juliana Addison MP, Member for Wendouree
Left to right: Juliana Addison MP (Member for Wendouree), Sean Duffy (CEO, Ballarat Community Health), Anita Roper (Board Chair, SAV), The Hon. Tom Roper (Minister, Cain-Kirner Government) & Michaela Settle MP (Member for Buninyong)
“The road to recovery can be a long one and this new Stroke Centre in Ballarat will help more locals get back on their feet and back to work.”
Michaela Settle MP, Member for Buninyong
Left to right: The Hon. Tom Roper (Minister, Cain-Kirner Government), Anita Roper (Board Chair, SAV) & Michaela Settle MP (Member for Buninyong)