About Stroke SA

We are a Not-For-Profit South Australian organisation that:

1. Provides support, information and assistance to people who have had a stroke and their carers.

2. Raises awareness about the needs of people who have had a stroke.

3. Has connections with support groups, rehab centres, hospitals and other organisations with a focus on stroke.

4. Promotes and facilitates research and education about stroke.

5. Gets funding support from donations, bequests, grants and fundraising.

As at March 1 2021, Stroke SA joined The Hospital Research Foundation Group. The exciting charity merger will improve the provision of support and wellbeing services and increase vital research. THRF Group has a long history in supporting stroke research and the sharing of resources as part of the Group will maximise efficiencies to help improve the quality of life for South Australians who have had a stroke and their families. Learn more about THRF Group here: www.hospitalresearch.com.au

Stroke SA endeavours to:

  • Have support groups in all areas.
  • Assist carers of those who have had a stroke.
  • Promote appropriate services for the treatment and rehabilitation for those who have had a stroke.
  • Increase public awareness of stroke.
  • Increase the amount of literature to cover all problems after stroke.

Volunteer staff are involved with:

  • Telephone contacts and individual support work.
  • Guest speaking to groups or at functions.
  • Distribution of information on stroke which includes articles, books, quarterly newsletter, videos, audio tapes etc.
  • Organisation of awareness / educational events e.g. Stroke awareness week.
  • Liaison with and support of stroke support groups.

Messages will be followed up by volunteers.

Board Members

Anne Hamilton-Bruce (Chairperson)

Anne has been on the Stroke SA Management Committee since 2010 and Chair from 2015. She is a Principal Medical Scientist, Co-Director of the Stroke Research Programme at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital; Co-Lead, Research and Education, Neurology, Central Adelaide Local Health Network at Royal Adelaide Hospital; and Affiliate Associate Professor, Discipline of Medicine, Adelaide Medical School, University of Adelaide.

Simon Lane (Deputy Chairperson)

Simon has a background in law and mediation. His is on governance and the continuation of the support groups to assist the community. Simon assists in spreading the Stroke SA word to non-metropolitan areas such as the Riverland, and has made a meaningful impact in his 4 years since joining the Management Committee.

Linlin Huang (Co Treasurer)

Linlin is from China and has been in Adelaide for over a decade. She loves helping people in the community, so in 2018 she commenced a volunteer job at the Women’s and Children’s hospital. After she completed her certification in Accounting,  she thought she could do more for people that needed to be helped. Linlin then started to look for new opportunities commencing as co-treasurer with Stroke SA in June 2020. She is enjoying working with Simon, Anne and the rest of her colleagues and is hoping to help more people in their recovery from stroke.

Christine Schutz

Christine joined the Stroke SA Management Committee in 2018 and has a background in medical research where last year she worked at the University of Adelaide in Cardiology research. More recently she has joined the Southern Cross Education Institute as a nurse educator and is teaching a Diploma program for nurses who wish to work in aged care.

Karyn Kennedy

Karyn had a career in nursing for 12 years before making a change to financial planning in 2002. She moved on to running her own practice specialising in personal risk insurance. A stroke in 2018 forced some work changes, and she is now a Management Committee member and speaker/advocate for Stroke SA. Karyn’s care for people is innate in her, as is her drive and glass 3/4 full attitude to everything in her life.

Viv Wilson

Viv joined the committee in 2018 with valuable insight into Stroke Support Groups. After suffering a moderate ischemic stroke in 2013 and being unable to walk or talk, Viv is now a committed volunteer at Flinders Medical Centre and is the coordinator for their growing Stroke Survivors Support Group.

Stroke SA membership

Stroke SA is a not-for-profit organisation that is run by volunteers. Funds are generated from general donations, memoriam donations, bequests, and membership subscriptions.

Membership is $15 Inc GST per year.

Stroke SA Membership includes:

1. Linking to metropolitan and regional support groups for peer support, socialising, activities and information sharing. 

2. Assisting you and your carer/family to meet others with similar experiences and hear about inspiring stories. 

3. Ongoing contact with a Stroke SA representative. 

4. An opportunity to volunteer in the office or on the Stroke SA Management Committee or in a range of other roles where volunteers are needed. 

5. Free information on stroke. 

6. Research updates and clinical trial information. 

7. A biannual newsletter and access to our resources, information kit and books from our small library. 

8. Advocacy to represent people who have had a stroke and their carers/families. 

Click to download Membership Form

You can help us by Volunteering:

1. To coordinate support groups that provide peer support, socialising, activities and information sharing for people who have had strokes and their carers. 

2. To provide social support by visiting or speaking to people who have had strokes and their carers while they are in hospital, rehabilitation, an aged care facility or at home. 

3. To speak to community groups that have an interest in the stroke journey. 

4. To be on the Management Committee or one of our Sub-committees to manage Stroke SA or help in the office.

5. To be an intern undertaking a university course placement, e.g., research for the newsletter and marketing, and updating the database, or a student volunteering to help at Stroke SA stands at events and expos. 

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