Mt Helena nurse the only WA finalist in national award

Mt Helena nurse Kym Heine is a national finalist for the 2018 Stroke Care Champion Award.
Mt Helena nurse Kym Heine is a national finalist for the 2018 Stroke Care Champion Award.

A MT Helena nurse will represent the state as the only WA finalist in a national competition recognising unsung heroes providing support to people affected by stroke.

Kym Heine is one of seven finalists in the running this month for the Stroke Foundation and Stroke Society of Australasia 2018 Stroke Care Champion Award.

The neurological nurse was nominated for championing an initiative to provide post-stroke community support via Telehealth to more than 40 residents across the WA Wheatbelt.

Ms Heine said she was doing all she could to identify gaps in care and look creatively and practically to join them in whatever way she could.

The award recognises the long-term dedication of unsung heroes who found ways to ease the burden of stroke within Australia.

Stroke Foundation WA state manager Jonine Collins said the finalists were exceptional people stepping up to improve the lives of those who experienced stroke, their families and carers.

“We are going to need each and every one of them to tackle this disease as it impacts more and more Australians,” she said.

“The stroke challenge looms large in this country – striking every nine minutes – but the majority of strokes can be prevented; stroke can be treated and it can be beaten.”

The 2018 Stroke Care Champion Award will be presented at Stroke 2018: Bridging the Continuum in Sydney from August 7-10.