All the following resources are delivered free within New Zealand.
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 fill out this order form.
What is a stroke? What is a TIA? (pdf) A short and simple explanation of how and why stroke happens, and what its effects are.
Reducing stroke risk
Reduce your risk of stroke (pdf) A short and simple explanation of how and why stroke happens, and what its effects are.
Blood Pressure and Stroke (pdf) Information about the relationship between blood pressure and stroke and ways of reducing risks for blood pressure
Checked your blood pressure lately? (pdf) A3 Poster
Salt and blood pressure (pdf) Information on harms of high salt consumption and ways of reducing salt intake.
Go easy on salt (pdf) A3 Poster
Useful resources from our He taonga programme with tips to improve your health and blood pressure: www.stroke.org.nz/he-taonga-resources
F.A.S.T. stroke recognition resources
Find our up to date F.A.S.T. material here.
Life after stroke
Information for Family, whanau and friends (pdf) - practical information about caring for someone who has had a stroke.
Information about our Community Stroke Advisor Service (pdf)
Information about our Return to Work Advisor Service (pdf)
In addition to this leaflet, the Ministry of Social Development publishes a comprehensive Guide for Carers booklet which can be ordered through Carers NZ on their CarersAir website, or downloaded directly here (pdf, 3.34mb). Phone 0800 777 797 to order a free hard copy.
Guidelines for safe and comfortable positioning while sitting and sleeping for those affected by right or left hemiplegia (paralysis on one side of the body):
· Positioning for left hemiplegia (pdf)
· Positioning for right hemiplegia (pdf)
The following A4 information sheets are available to download as printable pdf files:
· Coping with Stress after stroke
· Driving and Transport after a stroke
· Emotional and behavioural changes after stroke
· Carer Wellbeing (A4 fact sheet)
· Cook Islands Māori translation
Depression and anxiety after stroke
· Depression and anxiety after stroke (A4 fact sheet)
· Cook Islands Māori translation
Exercise after stroke
Exercise After Stroke (Note: this publication is not authored by the Stroke Foundation. Any questions about it should be directed to the authors.)
See our Services in the Community database for a wide variety of links to useful information for stroke survivors, carers, family and whanau from different organisations.
Kaupapa Māori resources
A selection of kaupapa Māori resources which include indigenous Māori concepts, visual imagery and language that is familiar and can resonate with many whānau, hapū, iwi and Māori communities. Resources are for the general public, health provider services, and hospitals. See He Ūpoko Tapu Stroke Prevention page for more information or pdf downloads below:
· KIA HIWI RĀ! He tohu o te mate ikura roro poster
· He tohu o te mate ikura roro flyer
· He toto rere pai he tohu ora
Pacific language resources
Information (pdf) about stroke in Cook Islands, Samoan and Tongan languages:
Chinese language resources
Three leaflets (pdf) 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.
· Stroke - Information for family, whanau and friends - Chinese
Health Stroke Navigator
Health Navigator Stroke Information
Looking After Your Nuts & Bolts
Phil Gifford’s book "Looking After Your Nuts & Bolts" contains an excellent chapter about stroke, written with cooperation from the Stroke Foundation and several stroke survivors. You can order a copy here or from bookshops.
Further sources of information
Below are some overseas websites providing information about stroke.
The Australian National Stroke Foundation
The Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation
The American Stroke Association (USA)
The Stroke Association (UK) (direct link to resources: UK Stroke Association)