Community Stroke Team

We provide group programs, education and information to stroke survivors and their families/support person living in the Newcastle, Lake Macquarie or Port Stephens areas. Most programs are free of charge. The Community Stroke Team (CST) include: physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists and administrative staff. 


Who is eligible to attend?

Adults aged 18 years or over who have had a stroke, TIA or mini stroke living at home in the geographic areas of Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Port Stephens local government areas. Referrals from outside these areas may be considered however patients must be from within Hunter New England Local Health District catchment area and will need to travel to where the group programs are being held.

Any family member, support person or friend is welcome to attend our programs with the stroke survivor.

CST History

The team is located on the campus of John Hunter Hospital. Group programs are offered at John Hunter Hospital, the Royal Newcastle Centre, Rankin Park Hospital and various community based locations.


To make a referral you can phone the Referral Information Centre (RIC) for community based services on 4924 2590 or download a copy of the referral form.

Anyone can refer a client to the team (eg: health professional, family member, friend) and self-referrals are also accepted. Please contact the service on email: HNELHD-CommunityStroke@health.nsw.gov.au or phone: 4985 5245 for more information.