Free Stroke Resources
All the following resources are delivered free within New Zealand. For overseas enquiries, please see the Links page for stroke organisations providing resources in other countries.
Most of the resources below can be downloaded as pdf files. You will require Adobe Acrobat Reader to view pdf files and this is installed on most computers. If you need to, you can download Adobe Acrobat Reader here.
To order any resources in hard copy (subject to availability) please download an order form here and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org, post it to PO Box 12-482, Wellington 6144, or phone 0800 78 76 53.
See also our Services in the Community database which contains links to many other useful resources from different organisations.
Information about stroke, its causes and prevention
Life After Stroke book
The essential information resource for people with a stroke, their families and caregivers. Available as a 208 page spiral bound paperback or an ePub download - further information and ordering details.
The book can also be read online as a series of downloadable pdf files - read online now.
Life After Stroke videos
The videos are free to watch online and contain the complete contents of the Life After Stroke DVD and Life After Stroke: four inspirational stories of Maori and Pacific People. Both DVDs are also available on disk if you prefer to have your own copy to watch on your TV. Contact National Office to enquire (email@example.com or phone 0800 78 76 53).
These videos accompany the handbook Life After Stroke which is given free to all stroke survivors in New Zealand.
Information leaflets and posters
You can order these short leaflets by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or download pdf files by clicking on the links below.
The following free A4 information sheets are available to download as printable pdf files.
- Coping with stress
- Driving after a stroke (Print version)
- Driving and Transport after a Stroke (Print version)
- Depression Following a Stroke (Print version)
- Emotional and behavioural changes after stroke
- Fatigue after stroke
- Healthy eating factsheet
- Medication and Stroke (Print version)
FAST stroke recognition resources
These resources may be ordered free by emailing email@example.com. or downloaded as pdf files using the links below
(More information about stroke recognition and the FAST message here.)
Stroke 'Riskometer' app
The Stroke Riskometer application developed by AUT researchers aims to reduce the incidence of stroke and save lives all over the world.
Brought to market by AUT Enterprises Ltd – the technology transfer office of AUT University– the Stroke Riskometer assesses the chance of suffering a stroke using a number of health and lifestyle factors.
The result is presented as a percentage chance of suffering a stroke in the next five and ten years and compared with someone of the same age and sex without contributing risk factors, providing a relative risk of having a stroke for the person concerned.
For further information about the app and to download free versions for Apple or Android phones or tablets, go to strokeriskometer.com.
Kaupapa Māori resources
Translations of stroke information
Three new leaflets in Pacific languages are now available. Click on the images to download pdf files. See also more information about our Pacific Stroke Prevention Project.
Three leaflets are available in modern Chinese in PDF format: a basic leaflet on preventing stroke; a translation of Information for family, whanau and friends; and a translation of What is a TIA. Click the links below to download them.
- Preventing stroke - Chinese
- Stroke - Information for family, whanau and friends - Chinese
- What is TIA? - Chinese
Further sources of information
The UK Stroke Association has a large range of resources providing much detailed information.
Other overseas stroke organisations with similar resource materials are listed here.
Aphasia Software Finder
The Aphasia Software Finder is a website providing links to a huge variety of software and apps for personal computers, smartphones and tablets to help people with different forms of aphasia communicate. Almost every page now has a video explaining how to use the page for people who may have dificulty reading the text. Software is arranged under different categories and indication is given of where the software is free or if there is a cost.
The site is created by the Tavistock Trust for Aphasia (UK). www.aphasiasoftwarefinder.org
For health professionals:
New Zealand Clinical Guidelines for Management of Stroke
This best practice, evidence-based guideline for health professionals was produced in December 2010.
By John Howard
This book is a brief history of the origins and development of the Stroke Foundation of New Zealand, from its first incarnation as 'Counterstroke' in 1979 through renaming as the Stroke Foundation in 1991 and up to the end of 2012. Drawn from the reports and publications of the organisation as well as from the author's own research and recollections it stands as a permanent record of the people and events that established the Foundation as a powerful voice for New Zealanders with stroke.
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