When Lillian Wong experienced her first ministroke more than 20 years ago, she didn't realise the impact it would have on her life.
Having lived through three ministrokes in total, since 2013 Ms Wong has been using her experience to help inform others about the signs of stroke, treatment and prevention.
As a StokeSafe Ambassador for the Stroke Foundation, Ms Wong said she felt privileged to be in a position where she could potentially help others.
"On paper I have perfect health. If you met me, you wouldn't think I was someone who had three ministrokes," she said.
"I wasn't living my life like I was in danger of falling off a cliff one day."
Tasmania has the highest stroke rate per capita in the country, with about 1500 people experiencing a stroke each year.
A ministroke occurs when the brain experiences a temporary lack of blood flow.
While causing stroke-like symptoms, ministrokes usually resolve within 24 house and on its own will not cause permanent disabilities.
However, about one in three people who experience a ministroke will later experience a stroke.
Ms Wong said she considered her ministrokes as three big warning signs.
"When it happened, I was right in the middle of talking to someone and then suddenly it was like I couldn't understand what they were saying," she said.
"Suddenly I would say something irrelevant, like I was talking in my sleep. I went straight to my GP, who said I had just described a textbook ministroke.
"The next day my symptoms had completely disappeared, so the danger for many people is to just forget it ever happened. Even after my ministrokes I was still quite ignorant of how serious it was."
The Stroke Foundation is recruiting volunteers to become StrokeSafe Ambassadors, with a training session to be held in Launceston in June.
Ambassadors do not have to be stroke survivors. For more information call 1800 787 653 or email email@example.com.