Researchers need stroke survivors to help co-design a diet intervention aimed at reducing the risk of another stroke. Volunteers are needed to ensure the design meets the needs of stroke survivors.

Why is diet important after stroke?

Having a more nutritious diet after stroke reduces the risk factors associated with having another stroke. The Mediterranean diet has been shown to be one of the most effective in reducing those risks. Researchers at the University of Newcastle are designing a Mediterranean diet program for people who have had a stroke to help them improve their diet.

Why is this research being done?

Living with the effects of stroke can make it challenging to purchase, plan and prepare healthy meals. It is very important that this diet program meets the needs of stroke survivors and is appealing and practical. To ensure the diet is designed with consideration to the wants and needs of stroke survivors, researchers are seeking the input to assist in designing the intervention.

Once the diet has been developed through this research, the program will then be trialled to test its impact and effectiveness as part of the next stage of research.

Who can participate in this research?

People who have had a stroke

What would you be asked to do?

Participants will be asked to come to the University of Newcastle, Callaghan for two workshops that run for 2-3 hours each, approximately one month apart. You will need to arrange your own transport. You may be seen by one or both of the following researchers:

During the workshops, you and other stroke survivors will discuss your experiences and opinions on food preparation, planning and diet changes you may have tried in the past. The information gained from these workshops will be used to develop the Mediterranean diet program. Regular breaks will be provided during the workshops.

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Register your interest

To find out more or to register your interest please contact Karly Zacharia on 0419 801 450 or email

Hunter Stroke Research Register

This study is also inviting people the Hunter Stroke Research Volunteer Register to participate. To be invited to participate in other studies in stroke rehabilitation and recovery, register here.