A global community of Angels improving stroke patients’ chances of survival and a disability-free life.

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A global community of Angels improving stroke patients’ chances of survival and a disability-free life.

The Angels Initiative is a healthcare intervention by the German pharmaceutical company, Boehringer Ingelheim. Since 2016, an estimated 7,5 million patients have been treated in over 6,000 Angels hospitals worldwide,…
February 6, 2023

A global community of Angels improving stroke patients’ chances of survival and a disability-free life.

Episode 44: In this episode we sit down with Kim Malkin, Angels Initiative Lead for Australia to discuss the work she and her team are doing across the region to improve stroke care delivery. The Angels Initiative was launched in 2016 by Boehringer Ingelheim in partnership with the European Stroke Organisation (ESO), the World Stroke Organisation (WSO), the Stroke Alliance for Europe (SAFE), and many other national stroke societies, companies and health institutions. Their mission is aimed at reducing the burden of stroke for countless patients by working with hospitals, stroke teams, societies and individuals to build an innovative network of stroke-ready hospitals worldwide to reduce treatment delays and provide patients with the optimal standard of acute stroke care.

About our guest:

A move to Australia in 2004 provided not only more sunshine for Kim but also the opportunity to begin a long and diverse career with Boehringer Ingelheim – over a decade of which is in improving outcomes for stroke patients through the delivery of innovative preventative and acute stroke treatments. The company’s mission to improve the health and wellbeing of people and animals resonated strongly but more than that it is Boehringer Ingelheim’s inclusive culture and social responsibility which provides a source of great pride and motivation to Kim every day.

In Australia, more than half of eligible stroke patients miss out on treatments that reduce disability and death. Although a developed country, Australia faces significant challenges when it comes to providing equity of access to optimal stroke care – particularly the tyranny of distance. Australia is a vast country, the sixth largest in the world, with a total area of 7,686,850 square kilometres and a population of over 25 million. Two-thirds of Australia’s population reside within metropolitan areas however the remaining live in regional or remote areas with poorer access to healthcare services.

Leading the Angels Initiative in Australia, Kim is committed to establishing Angels as a sustainable model of quality improvement. With her dedicated team of Angels Consultants and over a decade of working closely with the Australian stroke community, they aim to achieve this through close collaboration with the many stakeholders across State and National health systems who are passionate about creating a better future for Australian stroke patients and their families.

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Show Credits:

Music intro credit to Jake Dansereau, connect at JAKEEZo on Soundcloud @user-257386777.

Our intro welcome is the voice of Caroline Goggin, a stroke survivor and our first podcast guest! Please listen to her inspiring story on Episode 2 of the podcast. Thank you Caroline!

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