Community Stroke Team Programs

Master Stroke

This program is offered to patients who have sustained a stroke. Master Stroke is a 10 week self-management program, focusing on secondary stroke prevention and living well after stroke. Patients attend twice per week – Mondays for exercise and education, and on Wednesdays for exercise only. The program is held in the gym, Royal Newcastle Centre (John Hunter Hospital campus).

The benefits of the program include:

  • To improve fitness, strength and prevent further strokes through individualised exercise programs conducted in a small group setting. It doesn’t matter how well the patient can walk, if they are in a wheelchair or if they have other health conditions.
  • To assist patients to make changes in their lifestyle that will reduce their risk of stroke.
  • To assist patients to understand and manage the effects of their stroke.


This is a group for patients who have had a recent TIA or ‘mini-stroke’. It is a 6 week self-management program focusing on secondary stroke prevention and increasing physical activity. Patients attend twice per week on a Tuesday and Thursday to exercise and learn how to make lifestyle changes to reduce their risk of stroke and improve their overall cardiovascular health. There is a cost to attend the program, which is held at a local gym in Lambton. There will be 4 programs held throughout the year.


The Brainstorm program is run with Liaison Psychiatry, John Hunter Hospital and the Community Stroke Team.

It is an 8-10 session group program for the prevention and treatment of emotional distress in patients who have had a stroke. You are encouraged to bring your partner/support person along to Brainstorm. It runs once a week on a Monday.

The benefits of the program include:

  • Learning new ways to solve problems.
  • Learning to change the way you think.
  • Learning to change what you do.


The Vitality program is offered to patients who suffer from fatigue after a stroke. It incorporates physical activity and education sessions over 9 weeks and is run in the gym at the Royal Newcastle Centre (John Hunter Hospital campus). It runs once per year. Mondays for exercise and education and Wednesdays for exercise only.

The benefits of the program include:

  • Reducing post stroke fatigue symptoms by combining exercise, education and mindfulness.
  • Learn to understand your fatigue and strategies for managing it.
  • Give you skills to manage your own health.

 Community Aphasia Group

This 8 week program is for stroke survivors with aphasia. It is run by the Speech Pathologist. Groups are held at Royal Newcastle Centre, John Hunter Hospital .

The benefits of the program include:

  • Providing an opportunity for patients with long-term communication difficulty to meet with others with similar difficulties to discuss and learn about living with aphasia.
  • An opportunity to practice and maintain communication skills and strategies already learnt in therapy.
  • Providing information about services in the community that may be useful for people with aphasia.

The groups are held on Thursdays. 

Art Stroke

This group runs for 12 sessions once per week. It is facilitated by 1-2 professional artists and an Occupational Therapist. No previous skills or experience are necessary.

The benefits of the group include:

  • Using art to facilitate recovery borth physically and emotionally.
  • Providing the opportunity to use art activities to improve quality of life and well-being in stroke survivors.

The Art group usually runs on an annual basis on a Monday.

Adult Stroke Survivors Group

This group is for stroke survivors who want to participate in community outings and leisure activities. Members are generally of working age at the time of their stroke. Carers and family are welcome to attend.

The group is held on the first Thursday of each month.

Group activities include: getting out and about in the community, informal group chats at local cafes, visiting art galleries and museums, ten pin bowling and education sessions.

 The benefits of the group include:

  • Meeting with other stroke survivors and carers generally of working age.
  • Peer support and understanding.
  • Socialisation.
  • Discussions about topics of interest to the group.
  • Increased community access and participation.

Contact the Community Stroke Team on email: HNELHD-CommunityStroke@health.nsw.gov.au or phone: 4985 5245.