IF YOU or someone you know works with stroke patients either as a carer or a health professional the National Stroke Foundation wants to hear from you.
Stroke affects more than 1000 Australians every week, or about one person every 10 minutes, and it's effects can be devastating.
Helping stroke survivors and their families and carers negotiate the days, weeks and months after a stroke is vital work in our community.
There are many unsung heroes of stroke: people whose hard work and compassion make life for people after stroke more bearable and whose lives are dedicated to improving and preserving dignity, wellbeing and quality of life for survivors and their families.
The National Stroke Foundation wants to sing their praises and make sure their important work doesn't go unrecognised.
It's created the 2013 Stroke Champion awards to recognise people who have shown outstanding dedication and commitment over a period of five years or more.
Nominations are now being called in two categories: the Stroke Care Champion Award for health and social care professionals and the Improving Life after Stroke Award, which recognises stroke survivors, carers and volunteers who have helped stroke patients get their lives back on track.
For more information and how to nominate, go to www.strokefoundation.com.au or call 1300 194 196.