The Stroke Society of Australasia is excited to once again offer a range of awards to be presented at the 27th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Stroke Society of Australasia in Queenstown.

Please see below the awards that will be presented this year:

1. SSA Peter Bladin New Investigator Award

The Peter Bladin Award, sponsored by the Stroke Society of Australasia, will be made to the most outstanding presentation by new investigators.

To be eligible the investigator must:

  1. Be undergoing or have completed an accredited post-graduate/undergraduate training program, or commenced full-time academic research, whichever is most recent, no more than 5 years before the closing date for abstracts;
  2. Be a member of the Stroke Society of Australasia;
  3. Be first author on the paper;
  4. Have contributed substantially to the design and conduct of the research study;
  5. Complete and return the enclosed application form with the abstract, and together with certification of new investigator status.

The winner of the Peter Bladin award will receive $1,000 and a travel grant of up to $3,000 to attend the European Stroke Conference (ESO) 2018. 

The applicant must nominate which abstract is to be considered for the award, and only one abstract can be nominated by each applicant. Previous winners of the award are ineligible.

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To apply, please complete the Application Form and return to the SSA Secretariat ( by close of business 5pm AEST, Wednesday 3 May 2017.

2. SSA Bursary Awards

The Stroke Society of Australasia is pleased to offer up to six $1000 bursaries to help neurology and stroke registrars and fellows, or higher degree candidates (PhD, Masters) from any stroke discipline attend the 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting in Queenstown, NZ. 

To be considered for these awards you must have submitted an abstract for a platform or poster presentation, be a current SSA member, and either be a trainee in stroke medicine (e.g. A Stroke Fellow, or Neurology trainee) or a higher degree candidate (e.g. PhD, Masters) in a stroke related discipline and attend the conference. The bursaries will be awarded depending on the independent scientific assessment of the submitted abstract. The SSA Executive will make all final decisions on these awards.

To apply for the award please email the Society (SSA Secretariat -, with email title "SSA ASM 2017 Bursary application", and include your CV with details of your current post and abstract title and number. 

Closing date for bursary applications: Wednesday 3 May 2017

Closing date for abstracts:  Wednesday 3 May 2017

3. Nursing and Allied Health Scientific Awards

These awards ($1000 plus 12 months free membership of the SSA) are for nurses and allied health professionals wishing to attend the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Stroke Society of Australasia and are judged on the quality of the abstract submitted for presentation at the meeting. 

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Applicants should be SSA members and return the completed application form to the SSA Secretariat ( by close of business 5pm AEST, Wednesday 3 May 2017.

4. Nursing and Allied Health Service Award

This award ($1000 plus 12 months free membership of the SSA) are for services to stroke, and will be judged by the SSA Executive Committee. To be eligible the applicant must be from a nursing or allied health background and be a member of the SSA. The following will be considered in judging this award:

  1. Demonstrated implementation of services to stroke in their field, i.e. > 3years working in stroke;
  2. Demonstrated initiatives in clinical practice, e.g. involvement in stroke Quality Improvement projects;
  3. Attendance and/or involvement in the organisation of Professional Development courses for stroke within the last 3 years
  4. Participation in improving stroke services in the work environment, i.e. planned projects, Quality Improvement involvement, and further education; and
  5. Active participation in local stroke networks.
  6. Evidence of leadership.

Applicants must provide a summary of their contribution to stroke and may use the above as a guide. This summary should be no longer than one page, and be in 12 point Arial or similar font. Applicants must also provide a brief (no more than 200 words) reference from their nominated referee. 

Click here to download application form

Applicants to complete and return the application form and provide evidence of professional status to the SSA Secretariat ( by close of business 5pm AEST, Wednesday 3 May 2017.

5. ASNEN "2017 SSA Acute Stroke Nurse Education Network Outstanding Nursing Abstract Award"

Nursing abstract applications also have the chance to be awarded the $1,000 Acute Stroke Nursing Education Network (ASNEN) Award for highest graded nursing abstract.

6. SSA Poster Award

To be eligible you must have submitted a poster for the conference. The award is judged at the conference and the winner will receive a $500 cheque to be presented at the conference. 

Note for Poster Presentations: You should stand by your poster during the period allocated to poster presentations to answer questions concerning your work.

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