Pivotal role for GPs to up stroke awareness

More than 50,000 strokes occur in Australia each year, and the government last week announced $2 million for the rollout of a national awareness campaign that shows people how to recognise signs and that stresses the importance of responding to them fast.

The FAST campaign stands for face, arms, speech and time. Important questions include: has the person’s mouth drooped, can they lift both arms and is their speech slurred? It emphasises that time is critical if these signs are present, and to call 000.