The Stroke Golden Hour: transforming care for all Australians.

When treating stroke, we know that ‘time is brain’. Treatment needs to be offered within the first few hours and preferably within the first ‘Golden Hour’. In a country the size of Australia, this is a problem. Every day, time and distance prevent many people from receiving the urgent care they need.

Stroke incidence is 20% higher in rural and remote areas and with this comes twice the likelihood of significant lifelong disability. Unfortunately, only 3% of patients in rural and remote areas of Australia are treated in a stroke unit, compared to 77% of patients in metropolitan areas, with most needing to travel over 200 kilometres to access care.

Our solution is to move the stroke unit to the patient, to treat them as early as possible, using home-grown, game-changing technologies.

Learn more about the Australian Stroke Alliance by clicking their logo below.


In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Prof. Stephen Davis and Prof. Geoffrey Donnan sat down to discuss both the impact of the virus and the pioneering work being undertaken to transform stroke care in this country, at a national level, via the establishment of the Australian Stroke Alliance.