The recent and successful merger of Stroke SA with The Hospital Research Foundation (THRF) Group will deliver even more benefits to South Australians impacted by stroke.

We are pleased to report that this partnership has taken another significant step towards enhancing patient care, services and research for people impacted by stroke right across South Australia.

A new charity extension has been created called ‘The Hospital Research Foundation Group – Stroke’ which will incorporate both Stroke SA and Cure for Stroke Australia.

We are pleased to announce that Olivia Nassaris has been appointed Executive Director of this new division. We remain committed and passionate about leading the continuum of care for people who’ve had a stroke, progressing research that improves clinical care and rehabilitation prospects for patients.

Over the past three years, thanks in part to generous supporters of Stroke SA, The Hospital Research Foundation (THRF) Group has invested more than $620,000 into world-leading research to improve the acute treatment, recovery and prevention of stroke.

The new structure will also give people access to a suite of additional services to support their rehabilitation such as counselling, wellbeing and resilience coaching, a clinical nurse consultant, occupational therapy, exercise physiology and peer support groups.

Services made available through THRF Group, such as counselling, will  provide support around relationships, ambitions, emotions, values, mental health and identity concerns. There will also be a focus on wellbeing and resilience coaching, giving stroke survivors and their families the support and practical tools to maximise their quality of life as part of coming to terms with a “new normal” post stroke.

With more than 5000 South Australians experiencing a stroke every year, increasing vital medical research and fundraising remains a priority for THRF Group. We would like to acknowledge the valuable peer to peer volunteer support services and can confirm this important program will continue to run as part of our multi- disciplinary approach to services into the future.

We look forward to your ongoing support, which will have a significant impact on the lives of people who have had a stroke and their families. Our work is only possible through the generous support of the community.