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enableme takes out top honours at the AMY Awards

The Stroke Foundation's ground-breaking website for stroke survivors, enableme, has been honoured in two categories at the 22nd AMY Awards recently held in Sydney. Presented by AIMIA, the Digital Industry Association of Australia, the AMY Awards are the longest running and most prestigious Awards in Australia's Digital Industry.

enableme was crowned the best healthcare website and was also highly commended in the best use of technology category.

enableme is a world-first digital resource created by the Stroke Foundation to support the Australian stroke community. It brings together information, advice, goal-setting and connection with a community of peers.

Stroke Foundation Chief Executive Officer Sharon McGowan says the Awards were important as they not only recognised the innovation of enableme but the enormous impact it was having in helping stroke survivors through their recovery.

“We know that leaving the hospital after stroke can be incredibly daunting for stroke survivors and their families if they don’t have the right support,” Ms McGowan says.

“There are currently more than 450,000 stroke survivors living in this country and sadly many do not have access to the services, support and information they need to ensure quality of life post stroke.

“enableme makes the transition home easier with information, guidance and community support available at the click of a mouse,” she says.

Ms McGowan says there have been more than 110,000 visitors to the site made up of stroke survivors, health professionals, carers and family members who are using enableme to meet others with similar goals, share experiences and achievements.

“enableme is all about empowering stroke survivors to direct their own recovery. In addition to bringing together information and resources, enableme is a safe place where survivors, carers and families can connect to share tips, challenges and aspirations,” Ms McGowan says.

“This platform is dramatically improving the lives of stroke survivors as they take control of their recovery with the assistance, resources and support of fellow stroke survivors and carers in the enableme community,” she says.

Deepend and the Stroke Foundation worked directly with stroke survivors throughout the development process, using their direct feedback to continually help shape the content and functionality. According to Kath Blackham, Managing Director Deepend, this collaborative working method ensured the final website met the unique variables required of such an adaptable platform.

“Deepend have been working with the Stroke Foundation for over four years now and we are absolutely thrilled about all that we have achieved together within that time,” Ms Blackham says.

“enableme is the result of the tireless efforts of both companies working together to create this platform which is the first of its kind globally. We are genuinely excited to be part of such a huge process of digital evolution, providing the Stroke Foundation with a long-lasting and versatile technological solution that will have a genuine impact in improving people’s everyday lives.”

To find out more or to become part of the enableme community visit: www.enableme.org.au

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