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Return to Work Programme for Stroke Survivors

This report presents findings from our evaluation of the Stroke Foundation’s Return to Work Programme. We wanted to understand how well the service works to support employment goals for people who have experienced a stroke.

The Foundation has delivered the programme in Auckland since 2007 and receives referrals from community stroke advisors, DHBs and people who self-refer.

During 2016, the service was extended to include MSD clients on a trial basis and, as a result, received funding from MSD. This evaluation of the trial was completed in 2017.

Results from the evaluation will help MSD learn how to better support clients following a stroke.


  • The Programme delivered by the Stroke Foundation aligns with best practice vocational rehabilitation.
  • Programme advisors are key to supporting clients in their recovery and return to employment.
  • Early access to appropriate rehabilitation services supports a return to employment and early referral to the Stroke Foundation increases the chance of a return to work.
  • Participants report a range of other positive outcomes, including increased confidence and social engagement.
  • Closer collaboration between Work and Income, the Stroke Foundation and employers offers an opportunity to provide a more client-centric service.
  • People who have experienced a stroke may require assistance to broker employment, particularly in matching their skills to an employer and in accessing the support to which they are entitled.
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