UTSpeaks: Broken Brains Breaking Hearts

The future of stroke rehabilitation at UTS, photo by Anna Zhu

The future of stroke rehabilitation at UTS, photo by Anna Zh

15 September 2016
6:00 PM

The Great Hall

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Has stroke, one of Australia’s biggest killers, been pushed to the back of our minds?

Unable to swallow, unable to speak, struggling to breathe?  Few choices remaining?  A more comfortable ending?  Your father or mother, sister, brother? Your child or you?

Few escape the grief of losing a loved one to stroke, or worse, the despair from watching them struggle to live comfortably and with dignity in the aftermath.  Yet support for research to find ways to best heal and better care for stroke survivors is inadequate in Australia, while the systems through which care is provided must also vastly improve.

In partnership with the Stroke Foundation for National Stroke Week, this free interactive event highlights new directions in research promising better treatments for stroke survivors on their journey to recovery. It calls for greater awareness in Australia that people’s lives can be shattered by stroke at any age and offers fresh insights on protecting you and your family from the risk of stroke.

MC - UTS Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Glenn Wightwick

Presenter - Sharon McGowan RN, Chief Executive Officer, Stroke Foundation
Sharon joined Stroke Foundation this year following a career in health and health advocacy, equipping her with the experience and expertise to take the Stroke Foundation to new heights.  Acutely aware of the devastating impact stroke has on survivors and carers; she employs her skills in management, community engagement, culture transformation, health promotion, fundraising and volunteerism to mobilise government, health professionals and community in fighting the disease.

Presenter - Dr Caleb Ferguson RN, UTS Graduate School of Health
An experienced educator and nurse researcher, Caleb is conducts research on stroke prevention and patient centred approaches to the management of atrial fibrillation. He has more than ten years’ experience as a registered nurse and a clinical nurse educator in the UK and Australia, focusing on neuroscience and stroke, also becoming active in raising community awareness of risks to heart and brain health via the media. Until this year he lectured and was Director of Postgraduate Nursing Studies with the UTS Faculty of Health.

Special Guest Forum Moderator - Lynne Malcolm, Presenter All in the Mind, ABC RN

Forum Panelists
Professor Ian Kneebone, Head of Discipline (Clinical Psychology) UTS Graduate School of Health
Dr Li Khim Kwah (Physiotherapy) UTS Graduate School of Health
Luke Webb, actor and stroke survivor

Slipping through the cracks from Stroke Foundation on Vimeo.

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