A multifaceted approach will enable equitable stroke care for regional communities
About 56 000 strokes occur in Australia annually1 at an estimated economic cost of $5 billion per year.2 Inequity continues to separate regional and metropolitan populations with respect to incidence and management of acute ischaemic stroke. Risk factors for acute ischaemic stroke disproportionately burden regional Australia and this is reflected in the high rate of strokes in regional compared with metropolitan areas (250 v 210 per 100 000 population per year respectively).1 Of the 12 electorates with highest stroke incidence nationally, nine are in regional areas.1
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