President's Achievement Award
Ava May Morgan
Ava-May joined the Stroke Foundation in the early 90s when the organisation was a small charity with just a couple of part time staff. She was the first philanthropy professional of the organisation and helped to establish fundraising for the Stroke Foundation. She went on to be appointed Community Development Manager and one of her key achievements was a road trip around Australia in 1999 as part of a new program called Stroke Care Australia. Ava-May moved to Queensland to help care for her mother who suffered a series of three strokes and sadly passed away in July 1999. She continued to be a passionate advocate for stroke prevention and though her ongoing relationship with a major supporter of the Stroke Foundation, she helped to establish the Vic and Nancy Allen Stroke Prevention Trust.
Rodney Hopson was a stand-out advocate for the Stroke Foundation during 2017 Stroke Week. He travelled thousands of kilometres through outback Queensland, from Bluff to Winton, spreading stroke awareness via a series of speaking opportunities at small towns along the journey. Dubbed "Rodney's Roadshow", Rodney connected with audiences by openly sharing his own stroke experience and passionately urging people to look after their own health and understand the F.A.S.T. signs of stroke. Rodney's roadshow attracted television, radio and print coverage further increasing the spread of the stroke awareness message across the state.
Through caring for her high profile mother Maria, Bianca Venuti has helped to raise awareness of stroke. She was the face of the Stroke Foundation's Australia's Biggest Blood Pressure Check campaign. She was also generous with her time by giving an honest account of how life has changed for her mother and herself in two editorials throughout the year and a number of television appearances.
Stephen and Tracey Ward
Tracey and Stephen Ward are been amazing advocates for stroke and the Stroke Foundation. Stephen's story highlights the metropolitan and regional divide when it comes to access to best practice stroke treatment. His story was featured on The Project, which kick started the media for the Stroke Foundation’s No Postcode Untouched report, mapping stroke by federal electorates. The couple also represented the Stroke Foundation at the launch of the 2017 Clinical Guidelines for Stroke Management launch at parliament house in Canberra. Stephen's story resonated with politicians including the health minister Greg Hunt, while Tracey is a passionate speaker about the impact stroke has had on their family and the need for better resources for stroke in regional areas. Together, their willingness to share their story and their contribution to the Stroke Foundation has been exceptional.
Grant has been interested in the management of stroke for over a decade firstly with Rotary Club supporting, and then managing, the Know Your Numbers campaign, an opportunistic health check program of the Stroke Foundation. This interest has been maintained and extended into his professional career in 2010 when Grant took an active role in championing the review, and improvement of, the Ambulance Victoria management of patients with stroke. Over the last decade Grant has supported the introduction and continued development of Ambulance Victoria Stroke Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPG) and improved changes to the procedure of pre-hospital notification. These efforts have seen the management of stroke within Ambulance Victoria receive increased focus and attention.