Policy and Advocacy Research Assistant Volunteer

Stroke is one of Australia’s biggest killers and a leading cause of disability amongst adults. There are approximately 56,000 new and recurrent strokes each year in Australia with one occurring every 9 minutes. Stroke affects people of all ages but predominantly occurs in the elderly. There are almost 475,000 people living after stroke in Australia. Despite public misperception, there are proven treatments for stroke prevention and recovery.  

The Stroke Foundation is a national 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.  Our mission is to prevent stroke, save  lives and enhance recovery. We are the voice of stroke in Australia. 

Our Values of Courage, Excellence, Compassion, Integrity and Leadership are an integral part of our culture, brand and positioning, and inform our decisions and behaviours in our dealings internally within the organisation, and externally with our stakeholders.

About the program

The Public Affairs team aims to raise the profile of the Stroke Foundation to increase support for our activities across the Australian community.  The aims of this program include:

  • Increasing the awareness of stroke across the Australian community
  • Strengthening the reputation and brand of the Stroke Foundation so it is targeted and relevant for all stakeholder groups
  • Ensuring the Stroke Foundation brand is executed consistently
  • Eliciting high levels of engagement for all Stroke Foundation programs and activities
  • Ensuring Stroke Foundation messages, resources and programs have maximum impact and/or reach

We are looking for a motivated, passionate volunteer to join our Policy & Advocacy team to assist a half to full day per week. 

Comprehensive training will be provided.

Roles and Responsibilities

The primary responsibility of the policy and advocacy research assistant will be to maintain and update the existing internal policy matrix.  The policy matrix is used by various divisions within the organisation to guide our position on key issues.  Various internal policy statements are developed based on available evidence.  

The policy and advocacy research assistant will be required to review existing position statements for accuracy, currency and relevance.   Desktop analysis will be required to determine if new and emerging research warrants a shift in position.   Preparation of revised text to reflect changes to the policy matrix will also be required.

Program targets/ Objectives

  • Systematic review and updating of internal position statements supporting the Stroke Foundation policy matrix
  • Strong research/desktop analysis skills
  • Production of high quality revisions to existing policy matrix documents
  • Capacity to identify new and emerging issues that may warrant development of new policy matrix position statements, and ability to then draft new statements where required

Your Background/ Skills & experience

This position would ideally suit a second/third or fourth year university student seeking to develop practical skills to support a career in government, media, politics or health administration.  It would also suit a graduate seeking to strengthen their CV with relevant work experience. 


  • Ability to review and evaluate policy and research
  • Desktop analysis and research skills
  • Clear and effective writing style
  • Organised and strong attention to detail
  • Ability to deliver outcomes in a timely manner 


  • Strong grasp of the written word, with extensive writing experience
  • Research and evaluation skills
  • Knowledge of Australian health system and/or policy (desirable)

Application process

Please clink apply now and completed the expression of interest. Any enquiries regarding the role, please contact Megan Werner (Volunteer Program Coordinator) or Suzanne Larsson (Volunteer Program Coordinator) on (03) 9918 7220. 

The Stroke Foundation embraces cultural diversity and strongly encourages suitably qualified people from all cultural backgrounds to apply.

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