THE Stroke Foundation is seeking to uncover the inspirational unsung heroes making life better for Australia's stroke community.
Nominations for the 2016 Stroke Awards are now open, shining a light on the thousands of people working tirelessly to improve the lives of survivors, their families and carers in the community.
Stroke Foundation director of communications Mary Orgill said the awards recognised the outstanding Australians dedicated to supporting and advocating for stroke survivors and the broader stroke community.
"One in six people will have a stroke in their lifetime and there is one stroke in this country every 10 minutes. Its effects can be devastating. Helping stroke survivors and their families and carers negotiate the days, weeks and months after a stroke is vital work in our community,'' Ms Orgill said.
"We want to acknowledge the amazing individuals who carry out this important work and celebrate the stroke survivors, carers, health professionals and volunteers who improve the state of stroke in our country," she said.
"In holding the awards, we also want to raise awareness of stroke and the challenges faced by stroke survivors, their families and carers."
Nominations for the eighth annual awards open on March 29 and close on May 31.
There are five award categories, each highlighting an area where people are working to improve the lives of people affected by stroke.
This year will see the introduction of the Courage Award, recognising the indomitable spirit of survivors and carers facing tough recoveries after stroke.
Ms Orgill encouraged Australians to nominate people in their community.
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"Every day we see incredible examples of people going above and beyond to lessen the significant burden stroke places on our community," she said.
"The Stroke Awards are one of the ways people can encourage support for stroke survivors, their families and carers, and increase awareness of how we can work together in the fight against stroke.
"I would encourage people to nominate the stroke champions in their community."
To nominate for the 2016 Stroke Awards, go to www.strokefoundation .com.au.