The New Zealand Stroke Education Trust is a charitable organisation based in New Zealand. The Trust was registered with the New Zealand Charities Commission (registration number CC47555) in 2012. New tools for stroke prevention and recovery are now available free of charge.

Stroke recovery can take months and even years, therefore regular, everyday rehabilitation procedures are of paramount importance. A series of self-management video clips on stroke care and rehabilitation are now available in a visual format that makes it so much easier for stroke sufferers and their family caregivers to improve their recovery post-stroke. They show exactly how to manage everyday needs and provide practical demonstrations of exercises and other techniques to improve quality of life of people with stroke and their family caregivers.

Over 35 rehabilitation procedures are shown including feeding, massage, physical exercises, bathing and walking. These procedures can be used at home or any other facility. The most unique feature of these video materials is that most of the educational and training procedures are presented by stroke survivors and their family caregivers, so people will see that they are not alone and if others can do it, they can too.

All training procedures are accompanied by easy to understand explanations from health professionals. Developed by stroke and rehabilitation experts in New Zealand (Ms Juliet Rosie and Prof. Dr. Valery Feigin - Auckland University of Technology; Prof. Suzanne Barker-Collo, Dr Hugh Senior, Prof. Ralph Maddison, Prof. Hayden McRobbie - The University of Auckland; Dr Samir Anwar, Mrs Kate Sladden - Auckland District Health Board; Dr Geoffrey Green, Mrs Terri Killip, Mrs Caroline Berg, Mr Mark Harris, Mrs Margaret Spenser - Middlemore Hospital of Te Whatu Ora) and endorsed by the World Stroke Federation (currently World Stroke Organization) and the World Federation for Neurorehabilitation, no special medical training or background is needed to understand these video materials.

Stroke is one of the most fearful, disabling and fatal diseases and one in four of us will have a stroke in our lifetime. However, stroke is highly preventable and up to 80% of all strokes could be avoided if we know our risk factors for stroke and control them appropriately. In collaboration with Auckland University of Technology (New Zealand), our Trust has developed and validated an internationally endorsed, unique and free to use Stroke Riskometer app for smartphones and Tablets, which has already been translated into 20+ languages and is available for free to over 5.3 billion people in their native languages.

Our Gender Equity Plan

This Gender Equity Plan (GEP) outlines the NZSET’s commitments and existing activities to promote gender equality through institutional and cultural change. It supports managers and staff to tackle any gender inequality, and secondly, to support structural change promoting gender equality.

NZSET GEP aims to eliminate any existing barriers to gender equality, and more specifically, to fairness, diversity and inclusion. The NZSET seeks to remove factors limiting gender parity and individual progression. All measures are classified by the four below-mentioned, interconnected areas on which the management of the NZSET is founded:
1.    Recognising value in diversity: encouraging different points of view and seeking opportunities to leverage geographical, generational, cultural, gender and professional diversity.
2.    promoting fairness and inclusion: ensuring everyone works under the same rules and has the same opportunity to grow and succeed.
3.    Encouraging trust: empowering everyone to take responsibility and holding oneself and others accountable to put words into action.
4.    Instilling purpose: building pride in contributing to the mission of the Organisation and committing one’s best efforts to effect change.

NZSET implements this GEP via a series of specific actions based on the following five key objectives: (a) Raise awareness of gender equality and bias; (b) Improve work-life balance across genders; (c) Promote and support gender balance in management roles; (d) Promote and support gender equality in recruitment and career progression; and (e) Prevent abusive behaviour of a sexist or sexual nature and take necessary action whenever allegation of misconduct.

NZSET consider gender equality as a critical issue for the Organisation. For this reason, the GEP will be subject to a continuous improvement process and linked with other relevant Organisational initiatives. NZSET will adopt a reflexive approach requiring constant effort to implement the needed policies, procedures, and instances to stimulate cultural change towards an even more gender equitable, diverse and inclusive NZSET.