Shining light on First Nations stroke heroes

Stroke Foundation

Stroke Foundation is thrilled to add a new category to the 2024 Stroke Foundation Stroke Awards with a focus on the indigenous community.

The award recognises excellence in stroke prevention, treatment, recovery or research in First Nations communities.

Stroke Foundation Executive Director Public Affairs and Media, Sarah Meredith, said the new award aims to highlight the impact of individuals and organisations working to achieve health equity within the First Nations sphere.

“I’m so thrilled that we are able to recognise those in the stroke community who are doing amazing things to enhance and demonstrate there is life after stroke,” Ms Meredith said.

“We are so lucky to have so many inspirational members of our community who make the future brighter for people impacted by stroke.”

A stroke strikes the brain and can change lives in an instant. It is one of Australia’s biggest killers and a leading cause of disability. There are more than 445,000 people with stroke living in our community.  

Ms Meredith said this year’s awards were an opportunity to celebrate the courage, creativity and achievements of the stroke community.

“If you know someone who has demonstrated courage in their recovery, artistic talent after stroke, fundraising flair or has made any other significant contribution to improving the lives of people with stroke, then tell us about them so we can celebrate them,” she said.

“We encourage nominations from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities.”

There are eight award categories this year (listed below). Visit the Stroke Foundation website and nominate today.

Stroke Awards Categories: 

  • Courage Award – Recognises the indomitable courage and hope shown by a survivor of stroke or carer in facing stroke recovery.  This award is proudly sponsored by Ipsen.
  • Creative Award – Celebrates a survivor of stroke’s contribution to creative industries including writing, photography, music and fine art.
  • First Nations Stroke Excellence Award – Recognises excellence in stroke prevention, treatment, recovery or research in First Nations communities
  • Fundraiser of the Year Award – Recognises a fundraiser who has gone above and beyond to help raise awareness and funds for stroke in Australia. This award is proudly sponsored by Smart Health Australia
  • Improving Life after Stroke Award – Celebrates the stroke survivors, carers, and volunteers who have chosen to support their community. This awards is proudly sponsored by Australian Physiotherapy Association.
  • President’s Achievement Award – Acknowledges exceptional individuals who support Stroke Foundation including community volunteers, corporate leaders involved in our invaluable partnership work, or dedicated clinicians and researchers.
  • Stroke Warrior Award – Recognises the significant contribution of a person under 18 in stroke awareness, fundraising or advocacy.  
  • Volunteer of the Year Award – Celebrates volunteers who make a significant difference and contribution to our mission to prevent, treat and beat stroke.

Nominations close on 24 February 2024. The winners will be announced at Stroke Foundation’s Stroke Awards ceremony in Melbourne on May 3 2024.

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