South Australians impacted by stroke are set to benefit from an exciting charity merger with Stroke SA joining The Hospital Research Foundation Group on 1 March 2021.
The official merger will improve the provision of support and wellbeing services and increase vital research with over 5,000 South Australians each year experiencing a stroke.
THRF Group CEO Paul Flynn said the sharing of resources will maximise efficiencies to help improve the quality of life for South Australians who have had a stroke and their families.
“We have a long history in supporting research into stroke and are thrilled to enter into a merger that will further support this community with stronger services (such as occupational therapy and exercise physiology), research and impact,” Paul said.
“Stroke SA is THRF Group’s 11th charity following Laurel Palliative Care Foundation and Parkinson’s SA & NT who also merged into our Group last year.
“We’re proud to be broadening the impact we can have on the health and wellbeing of the community while giving donors and corporate supporters the choice to support an area of healthcare which matters most to them.”
Stroke SA Chair A/Prof Anne Hamilton-Bruce, who will stay involved as Chair of the Stroke SA Board of Governors, said the merger presents many opportunities for Stroke SA members and the broader community.
“Overall, the potential benefit of the merger to the Stroke SA community is significant, improving vital support services locally as well as in regional SA,” A/Prof Hamilton-Bruce said.
“We are grateful to have ongoing security in joining an organisation that is committed to making a difference to the lives of South Australians, as well as access to the focused skills of THRF Group.
“We are also excited to expand our research capabilities, through projects aimed to prevent, inform treatment and enhance rehabilitation for people who have had a stroke.”