Author: Don Magin

Helping to tackle Australia's second biggest killer

Stroke is the second biggest killer of Australians. Watch this controversial video to see the impact of stroke. During National Stroke Week we are sharing tips with customers to help them to prevent stroke or to act fast to save lives if Stroke occurs. The Greater and The Greater Charitable Foundation are supporting researchers at HMRI to win the battle against stroke.

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Stroke can affect you or a loved one

One in six people will have a stroke in their lifetime. Stroke is a devastating health problem in Australia today, claiming more women than breast cancer and more men than prostate cancer. Overall it is our second biggest killer. A stroke happens in Australia every 10 minutes. Many who do not die live their life with severe disability. 

This video from the National Stroke Foundation shows why we all need to take action against stroke. 

WARNING This video may be disturbing to some viewers.


5 tips for preventing stroke

  1. Know your personal risk factors: high blood pressure, diabetes and high blood cholesterol
  2. Be physically active and exercise regularly
  3. Avoid obesity by keeping to a healthy diet
  4. Limit alcohol consumption
  5. Avoid cigarette smoke, seek help to stop now

 Act FAST at the signs of stroke to save lives

 A stroke is always a medical emergency. The FAST test (video) is an easy way to remember and recognise the signs of stroke.

Face             Check their face. Has their mouth drooped?

Arm              Can they lift both arms?

Speech         Is their speech slurred? Do they understand you?

Time             Is critical. If you see any of these signs call 000 straight away.

The signs of stroke may occur alone or in combination and they can last a few seconds or up to 24 hours and then disappear.

The Greater is helping HMRI to win the battle against stroke

For a number of years the Greater Building Society and the Greater Charitable Foundation have been funding work by the talented researchers at the HMRI Stroke Research Group to greatly improve the treatment of stroke for local people. Thanks to this Group, clot-busting stroke treatment is available to our community. This treatment can reduce or prevent stroke damage, allowing people to return to their families, their jobs and continue to live a full and active life.

Read more about the work of HMRI researchers being supported by The Greater and how it saved the life of a 26 year old woman here.

For more information see your doctor or visit

For a copy of our flyer with the FAST tips call into your nearest branch of The Greater.