The National Stroke Foundation are a not-for-profit organisation that works with stroke survivors, carers, health professionals, government and the public to reduce the impact of stroke on the Australian community. The organisation was set up in 1983 by Sir John Holland and Mr David Brownbill with the primary objective of raising funds for neurosciences research.
Over the years, the organisation has grown to meet the changing demands of neurosciences. In 1996 stroke was identified as the priority area of need. At this point, stroke became the sole focus and the organisation was renamed the National Stroke Foundation. Today, research is one of six priority areas for the organisation, the other priority areas are stroke awareness and prevention, improving treatment (reducing death and disability) and improving life after a stroke.