Ade Djajamihardja interview

What does it mean to you to be named a finalist in the Stroke Awards? 

Being named as a finalist for the Stroke Foundation's "Creative awards" is both extremely humbling and flattering - especially in context of the significant seismic ongoing journey of recovery, rehabilitation and re-entering society that I am continuing to travel. Knowing I am making a quality and valued contribution to the wider community is very important to me.

Why is raising awareness about stroke important to you? 

As a leading cause of death and disability in this country, I believe that it's exceptionally important for everyone to take full responsibility for themselves, and therefore lead a healthy lifestyle that minimizes their possible risk of stroke. As a two time stroke survivor, I know all too well of stroke's consequences to one’s self as well as one's family and greater support network. 

How do you think your contribution has made a difference? 

Through my contribution as co-author of "The Little Book of Hope", the message of the book empowers all readers to develop the necessary tools and coping mechanisms required to respond positively and productively to life's great adversities. The book also has a powerful message of prevention and many people have told me that they have made positive lifestyle changes after reading my book. Also, health professionals have valued hearing the perspective of a stroke survivor and carer, and many people have suggested the book should be essential reading throughout the health and wellness industry. As part of my continuing post stroke efforts to rejoin society, and eventually contribute substantially to the greater community, I have actually gone back to school, and am currently studying for my Master's degree in Screen Arts and Media at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School.

What is one thing you would like people to know about stroke?

That there is an undeniable and inescapable equation involved when it comes to lifestyle cause and effect, and that we're all better off when we treat our health as a sacred space - and reap the rewards, as opposed to treating it like an amusement park fun ride, and suffer the consequences.

Who is your favourite creative person? 

As a screen media professional of nearly three decades, I hold a naturally strong bias to great filmmakers who helped shape my taste and craft, so that's everyone from Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Ridley Scott, Francis Ford Coppola and James Cameron. However, I have learnt so much from everyone I have had the pleasure and privilege of working with - both here and overseas.