Honour roll

The Honour Roll recognises past State and
Territory and National Award recipients

Australian of the Year


2014 SA Australian of the Year Nominee

Neil Sachse

State: South Australia

Spinal cord injury campaigner

An on-field collision in an AFL (formally VFL) match in 1975 was to change the life of Neil Sachse forever.  Neil was left a quadriplegic from the accident, but the injury and the way he’s handled it in the decades since have made a positive contribution to the lives of many.  In 1995, Neil established what is now known as the Neil Sachse Foundation, to find a cure for spinal cord injury.  As Chief Executive Officer, Neil has been the driving force behind fundraising that contributed $1.5 million to a ground-breaking research project at Flinders University.  This culminated in the opening of the Neil Sachse Foundation Spinal Cord Injury Research Centre. Through medical developments, the centre hopes to make a significant difference to the lives of over 10,000 Australians who currently suffer from spinal cord injury.  Neil and the foundation are now focused on funding an intervention drug that helps reduce the swelling that follows a spinal cord injury. 

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