The Stroke Society of Australasia (SSA) was formed in 1989 by clinicians and researchers endeavouring to tackle the enormous burden of stroke in our community.

Membership of the Stroke Society of Australasia is open to professionals working in the field of stroke, or in kindred fields, who have an active interest in the work and aims of the Society. Our membership includes physicians (e.g. neurologists, geriatricians, rehabilitation specialists), other medical professionals, non-medical clinicians (e.g. nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, psychologists), researchers (e.g. basic scientists, epidemiologists), and professionals from government and non-government organisations. 

The Stroke Society of Australasia works with several Special Interest Groups,  and works closely with a number of Linked Collaborative Organisations.

The SSA has strong ties with the National Stroke Foundation, as the two organisations share the common objective of overcoming the problem of stroke.


Stroke Society of Australasia Constitution


The Stroke Society of Australasia aims to:

  • Further the study of all aspects of stroke
  • Improve standards of management of stroke in Australia and New Zealand
  • Foster investigation and research in all aspects of stroke
  • Disseminate and promote the exchange of information about stroke within Australasia, and with similar bodies overseas
  • Solicit and enlist financial support from any source to fund and promote scientific work within the field of stroke
  • Build capacity in the stroke academic and clinical workforce
  • Provide a vehicle for education and increasing knowledge about stroke
  • Provide forums for setting priorities in stroke and stroke research

The Statement of Purpose for the Stroke Society of Australasia provides full details or our aims and purpose.


Stroke Society of Australasia Statement of Purpose 


The main activities undertaken by the Stroke Society of Australasia include: 

  • Conducting an annual scientific meeting
  • Providing awards for New Investigators, members travelling overseas for stroke-related work, and acknowledging people who have championed stroke
  • Providing input to guidelines on stroke care
  • Contributing to the Australian Stroke Coalition 
  • Providing representation on federal and state committees which formulate government policy on stroke