Our work

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

Here are some of the main ways in which we work towards those aims:


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FAST stroke recognition

Is it a stroke? Check it out the FAST way!
Call 111 immediately if you suspect a stroke!

The FAST campaign encourages New Zealanders to learn the key signs of stroke and to act fast by calling 111 if they suspect a stroke. Prompt action can save lives, improve recovery and reduce ongoing costs from stroke to families, caregivers and the health services.

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Down with blood pressureThe Big New Zealand Blood Pressure Check

The 2015 blood pressure awareness campaign - now renamed The Big New Zealand Blood Pressure Check - takes place on the first Saturday in October each year. High blood pressure puts too much pressure and stress on the walls of blood vessels and increases the risk of both haemorrhages and blood clots. A person with high blood pressure is up to seven times more likely to have a stroke than someone with normal or low blood pressure.

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pile of saltSalt Reduction

Too much salt in the diet can lead to high blood pressure, strokes, heart disease, kidney disease and other problems. The Stroke Foundation supports efforts to reduce the amount of salt in processed foods and raise consumer awareness of ways to reduce salt in cooking and at the table.

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Pacific Stroke Prevention Project

The Auckland Pacific Stroke Prevention Project was established to address the very high rates of stroke in Pacific communities. It aims to raise awareness and understanding of stroke and stroke risk factors in Pacific communities.

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Ūpoko Tapu Stroke Prevention

The Ūpoko Tapu strategy involves engaging with relevant Māori health providers to establish a working relationship that promotes stroke awareness and helps to reduce the incidence and impact of stroke in Māori communities.

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Health Professionals

The Foundation has a focus on health service delivery to improve acute and rehabilitation hospital services and treatment outcomes. We are also leading the Clinical Networks Project to assist all DHBs meet the agreed National Stroke Management Guideline standards.

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The Stroke Foundation advocates for a tobacco-free New Zealand and  is a member of the Smokefree Coalition,  an alliance of over 50 different organisations committed to making New Zealand essentially smokefree by 2025 (smoking prevalence to be less than five per cent).

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Return to Work service

The Stroke Foundation’s Return to Work service provides expertise and support to guide you through this process.

The service is free. It is for all ‘working age’ stroke survivors in the Greater Auckland region.

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Community Stroke Advisors

People with stroke can be referred to our team of Community Stroke Advisors (CSAs) by health professionals, hospitals, residential aged care facilities, local community organisations or by self-referral. Our CSAs are available to discuss any stroke related issues with you. Their role is to help you find the help you need.

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