Street Side Medic, 2022 NSW Young Australian of the Year – Hope 103.2

Street Side Medic, 2022 NSW Young Australian of the Year

Dr Daniel Nour was honoured alongside waste research scientist Professor Veena Sahajwalla, who was named 2022 NSW Australian of the Year.

By Ben McEachenTuesday 16 Nov 2021NewsReading Time: 2 minutes

A doctor who chose to deliver medical care to people experiencing homelessness last night was crowned 2022 NSW Young Australian of the Year.

Dr Daniel Nour is founder of Street Side Medics, a fantastic not-for-profit that customised vans to bring vital healthcare to people sleeping rough in New South Wales.

Nour was honoured alongside waste research scientist Professor Veena Sahajwalla, who was named 2022 NSW Australian of the Year. Sahajwalla is Founding Director of the Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology at the University of New South Wales

The NSW Senior Australian of the Year is Abla Kadous, President of Islamic Women’s Welfare Association. Shanna Whan is NSW Local Hero. Whan founded and leads Sober in the Country, an advocacy and support network about alcohol consumption in regional Australia.

As Nour told Hope Breakfast, he conceived Street Side Medics after a stark incident during his final year of study, while doing an elective in London. He helped a homeless man having a seizure outside a train station. Afterwards, Nour spoke with a homeless woman who told him about the man’s history of seizures.

“Why has he not gone to see his local GP?” Nour asked her.

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“The healthcare system barely cares about you, let alone us,” she answered.

“As someone who was about to graduate from medicine and commit his career to improving the healthcare of those who are vulnerable … that slapped me in the face.”

“As someone who was about to graduate from medicine and commit his career to improving the healthcare of those who are vulnerable … that slapped me in the face.”

Upon Nour’s return to Australia, he researched healthcare for our homeless population. “What if we took healthcare to them?” the young doctor wondered. Street Side Medic was born.

Nour works full-time at Royal North Shore Hospital but the 26-year-old volunteers at the mobile clinics during the afternoon. Street Side Medics has 145 volunteers and four separate clinics across NSW, treating often neglected medical needs or undetected conditions (from diabetes to cancer).

Nour was named NSW Young Australian of the Year because of “his leadership and social consciousness” and a commitment “to making a real difference to the lives of many Australians … He’s also making significant improvements to society.”

The four NSW recipients will participate in the national awards to be announced on 25 January 2022.