At a recent Stroke Foundation event our very own District Governor Nominee Grant Hocking (Woodend Rotary) received the President Award for 2018. Many readers may know that Grant is employed as a Clinical Manager at Ambulance Victoria and has had an interest in the prevention and management of Stroke for over a decade.
Finalists from across Australia attended the awards event at Melbourne Town Hall at the beginning of May. All finalists received a framed certificate to recognise their achievements in 6 categories. This was the inaugural President Award and Foundation President, Professor James Angus presented finalists with certificates and then announced that Grant was the recipient of the award a presented a trophy.
Grant has been interested in the management of stroke for over a decade firstly with Rotary Club supporting, and then managing, the Know Your Numbers campaign, an opportunistic health check program of the Stroke Foundation. This interest has been maintained and extended into his professional career in 2010 when Grant took an active role in championing the review, and improvement of, the Ambulance Victoria management of patients with stroke. Over the last decade Grant has supported the introduction and continued development of Ambulance Victoria Stroke Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPG) and improved changes to the procedure of pre-hospital notification. These efforts have seen the management of stroke within Ambulance Victoria receive increased focus and attention.
In Australia there are approximately 60,000 new strokes every year, and stroke is the second leading cause of death and the leading cause of disability.
Grant was joined by his wife Melissa at the event and stated, “it was a humbling experience to be present at the awards ceremony with the other amazing finalists from across Australia. The advances in stroke management are making a real difference to the lives of many Australians”.