23 Nov 2023

Fairer access to stroke support

From Nine To Noon, 9:30 am on 23 November 2023
Stroke Support

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Te Whatu ora has appointed eight top health experts to take the helm of four newly-established National Clinical Networks. The networks have been established to reduce variations in access to health services across the country.

Co-leads have been appointed for the Trauma, Cardiac, Renal National Clinical Networks and Stroke care.

Strokes account for around 9000 deaths in New Zealand a year - though it is believed 75 percent of these could be avoided, with the right risk reduction strategies.

Tracy Murphy is an occupational therapist with a special interest in stroke care spanning nearly 20 years of practice.

She was heavily involved in the rural and isolated community health response following Cyclone Gabrielle.

And Alan Davis, based in Whangarei, has more than three decades of clinical experience stroke prevention and care, both here and overseas. They spoke with Kathryn Ryan.