The FAST campaign raises awareness that stroke is a brain attack. It is always a medical emergency. Know the signs of stroke. If you see any signs call 111 immediately.
The aim of the FAST campaign is to raise awareness that stroke is always a medical emergency, to help people know the signs, and to urge people to act if they see any signs of a stroke by calling 111 immediately.
Each year in New Zealand about 9,000 people have a stroke.
Delayed recognition of a stroke can have tragic results, including further damage to the brain or death.
The 2018 FAST campaign builds on the success of past national FAST campaigns in 2016 and 2017. The Ministry of Health and HPA worked with the Stroke Foundation of New Zealand on the campaign.
FAST is a mnemonic used internationally to help people remember some signs of stroke.