‘A is for Arms’ campaign
This April, Stroke Foundation is running a media and social media campaign called ‘A is for Arms’, and it’s something we hope you will get involved in.
The inability to lift both arms is one of the most common signs of stroke, and our National Audit shows that 57 per cent of stroke patients present with this common stroke indicator. However, results from the most recent Stroke Foundation F.A.S.T awareness survey have shown that only 10 per cent of Australians would connect this symptom with stroke.
Not recognising the signs of a stroke decreases the chances of an individual calling for urgent medical help, and without emergency treatment, stroke can result in permanent disability.
To increase awareness and understanding that the inability to lift both arms is a very common sign of stroke, Stroke Foundation is calling on you, our community of health professionals, to create an A with your arms in your workplace, take a photo, use the hashtag #AisforArms, and tag us on social media.
For every post that uses our hashtag and tags us, Stroke Foundation will send out a free F.A.S.T. poster for you to display in your workplace.
Here are some fun examples of how you can make an A!
Our aim is to change the stats, increase people’s knowledge of the ‘A’ in F.A.S.T., and ultimately help people identify the signs of stroke quickly, to facilitate timely treatment and optimal recovery.
If you are interested in getting involved in this campaign, or if you have any further questions, please contact:
Stroke Foundation Community Advocacy and Events Coordinator
03 9918 7233