AUT Pacific language video series: Samoa

01 Jun, 2021
AUT Pacific language video series: Samoa

To acknowledge Samoa Language Week being celebrated in Aotearoa, the second episode of this year’s AUT Pacific Language Week video series has launched.

Narrated in Samoan (with English subtitles), this video looks at some key statistics relating to stoke in Aoteraoa.

Deputy Director at the AUT National Institute for Stroke and Applied Neurosciences, Associate Professor Rita Krishnamurthi says our Pacific community is at especially higher risk of stroke.

“What many don’t realise, is that stroke is much more common than we think, and it’s not just a disease of the elderly,” she says.

“More than 60 percent of Pacific people affected in Aotearoa are actually younger than 65 years of age.”

High blood pressure is the most important risk factor for stroke. However, up to 90 per cent  of strokes are preventable with management of lifestyle risk factors, such as a healthy diet and lifestyle, not smoking, and limiting alcohol.

Key statistics

  • Every hour, someone in Aotearoa has a stroke.
  • 1 in 6 will have a stroke at some point.
  • Every year, 10,000 people experience stroke in Aotearoa.
  • Stroke is the cause of 1 in 10 deaths.
  • Every 5 hours, someone dies from stroke.
  • It is our third biggest killer.
  • It is the most common cause of long-term adult disability.

Check out the AUT Stroke Riskometer app

The video encourages the use of the free Stroke Riskometer™ mobile app developed by Professor Valery Feigin, Professor Feigin, Director of the National Institute for Stroke and Applied Neurosciences at AUT, to assess their individual risk of stroke and undertake efforts to reduce the risk.

The app also been endorsed by the World Stroke Organisation, the World Heart Foundation, the World Federation of Neurology, and the European Stroke Organisation.

Release dates

To watch each video in the 2022 AUT Pacific Language Videos: ‘Busting the myths around stroke’ as it is launched, follow the ‘Pacific at AUT’ Facebook page or watch on YouTube. The AUT Pacific Language Weeks project is supported by the Pacific Media Network.

  • Kiribati Language Week: Sunday 11 July – Saturday 17 July 2021
  • Cook Islands Language Week: Sunday 01 August – Saturday 07 August 2021
  • Tonga Language Week: Sunday 5 September – Saturday 11 September 2021
  • Tuvalu Language Week: Sunday 26 September – Saturday 02 October 2021
  • Fijian Language Week: Sunday 3 October – Saturday 9 October 2021
  • Niue Language Week: Sunday 17 October – Saturday 23 October 2021
  • Tokelau Language Week: Sunday 24 October – Saturday 30 October 2021

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