Stroke Foundation of New Zealand


Downloadable version:  Stroke Foundation 2022

The Stroke Foundation is the national organisation in New Zealand dedicated to reducing the incidence of stroke, improving treatment outcomes, and supporting those affected by stroke.

Our mission is to:

  • save lives
  • improve outcomes
  • enhance life after stroke

Trained Community Stroke Advisors are available to help with any stroke-related problems. They make hospital and home visits, support families/whanau and can advise on accessing carer-relief services and funding. They discuss and develop a plan to meet a stroke survivor’s current needs and to achieve their goals.

Our purpose is to help people who have had a stroke to improve their quality of life.
We provide information, support and advocacy through our Community Stroke Advisor, and stroke support clubs that assist the stroke-affected community.

We also provide information through literature, videos and our freephone helpline to the general public.

We work with the stroke survivor; their family/whanau and caregivers, heath professionals, volunteers and others who will help promote the wellbeing of the person who has had a stroke.

The general focus is on rehabilitating the stroke survivor back into the community.  It is also to help the person with a stroke, their family/whanau and caregivers, understand a stroke and adjust to their considerably changed circumstances following a stroke.

Our Community Stroke Advisor is available to discuss any stroke related problems, make hospital visits, home visits, advise on services available in the community and liaise with Stroke Clubs.

We have a Stroke Club in Whangarei meeting every 3rd Wednesday at the Kamo Club, a hydro therapy session in Whangarei on Tuesday’s from 12noon until 1pm and a Stroke Support Group in Dargaville.

The Foundation promotes public awareness about the risk factors for stroke and how to recognise the signs of stroke through its annual blood pressure campaign and promotion of the FAST message.

With a focus on health service delivery, the foundation works to improve acute and rehabilitation hospital services and improve outcomes through its clinical network and published guidelines for DHB’s throughout New Zealand.