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 availabilityplease download an order form here and email it to, 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


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



 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 ( 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.

Watch online now.




Information leaflets and posters

You can order these short leaflets by emailing or download pdf files by clicking on the links below.

What is stroke pamphletReduce your risk of stroke pamphletBlood pressure and strokeInformation for family, whanau and friends
  • What is a stroke? - A short and simple explanation of how and why stroke happens, and what its effects are.
  • Reduce your risk of stroke - Advice on how a healthier lifestyle, diet and regular medical checks can reduce your risk of having a stroke.
  • Blood Pressure and Stroke – Information about the relationship between blood pressure and stroke and ways of reducing risks for blood pressure
  • Information for Family, whanau and friends - Essential practical information about caring for someone who has had a stroke.
    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, 1.4mb). Phone 0800 777 797 to order a free hard copy.
Transient Ischaemic Attack
  • Transient Ischaemic Attack - What is TIA? Warning stroke / mini stroke. Explanation of transient ischaemic attack (TIA), diagnosis, treatment and the importance of seeking urgent medical help.
Blood pressure poster
Salt poster
  • Slash the Salt – information on harms of high salt consumption and ways of reducing salt intakes. Contains a detachable wallet card to assist shoppers to choose lower salt foods items.
  • Go easy on salt A3 Poster


























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The following free A4 information sheets are available to download as printable pdf files.


FAST stroke recognition resources

These resources may be ordered free by emailing or downloaded as pdf files using the links below

(More information about stroke recognition and the FAST message here.)

FAST poster
FAST flier
FAST wallet card
FAST fridge magnet

AUT riskometer




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



Kaupapa Māori resources

Kia hiwa ra - what is a stroke


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.

Cook Islands SamoanTongan Tuvalu

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.


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).


For health professionals:

New Zealand Clinical Guidelines for Management of Stroke

Stroke management guidelines

This best practice, evidence-based guideline for health professionals was produced in December 2010.


A Brief History of the Stroke FoundationA Brief History of the Stroke Foundation of New Zealand Inc, 1979-2012

By John Howard

196pp, illustrated

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.

Hard copies of this book are now out of print but you can download a free pdf file, or contact your nearest stroke club to enquire about borrowing a copy.