Past Award Finalists and Recipients
Senior Australian of the Year
National Finalist Senior Australian of the Year 2014
Dr Christine Durham
Teacher and Disability Advocate
The life of gifted teacher Dr Christine Durham was turned upside down after she sustained a serious brain injury in a horrific car accident. Christine was determined to return to teaching – a decision that took enormous courage and perseverance. She employed her experience of acquiring a brain injury to inspire her students to think, and her pioneering approach and book, Chasing Ideas, led her to gain an international reputation as a professional learning presenter. Christine’s autobiography, Doing Up Buttons, a deeply personal yet practical account of acquired brain injury, has had a profound effect on those who share her experience and professionals working in health care. At age 67, Christine completed a Doctor of Philosophy, examining ways to empower people with brain injury, and her PhD findings are explained in Unlocking My Brain: through the labyrinth of Acquired Brain Injury. She is currently completing a learning resource and book which will have a significant impact on medical and caring staff and patients themselves.