Stroke survivors face rehabilitation ‘black hole’

A national strategy is urgently needed to ensure patients can receive lifelong services from the disability sector, say researchers
Patient who has experienced a stroke

Patients who survive stroke often fall into a “black hole” after acute treatment thanks to Australia’s disjointed health and disability sectors, rehabilitation experts warn.  

The researchers say, while recent innovations — such as stroke-equipped ambulances, improved delivery of thrombolysis and acute stroke units — are improving stroke survival, the reality is many patients will require support for the rest of their lives.