By day 26-year-old Dr Daniel Nour is a medical officer on the cardiac ward of Sydney’s Royal North Shore Hospital, by night he volunteers in a mobile service offering medical care for the city’s homeless.
The founder of Street Side Medics and the 2022 NSW Young Australian of the Year is also set to become the youngest speaker to deliver the Australia Day national address.
The Australia Day Address offers a prominent Australian the opportunity to speak on matters they consider to be of national importance.
Alongside his demanding day job as a doctor working in an Emergency Department, Dr Nour also leads a team of 250 volunteer doctors and nurses to deliver free healthcare to Sydney’s homeless via specially designed medical vans that give vulnerable groups access to medical treatment, free of charge, and without having to provide paperwork.
There’s no doubt he has changed the lives of thousands of patients through his not-for-profit GP-led mobile medical service for people experiencing homelessness.
NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet said Dr Nour’s leadership and social consciousness was remarkable for someone his age.
“I had the pleasure of meeting him at the NSW Australian of the Year Ceremony and I was impressed by his passion and commitment towards striving to help society at the grassroots level,” Premier Perrottet said.
“He is an impressive young Australian significantly contributing to his community.”
Australia Day Council of NSW Chair Andrew Parker said Dr Nour had already changed the lives of many vulnerable people.
“Not only by offering medical care that prevents further serious ailments, but by offering people hope and a future,” he said.
“He is an inspiring young man who provides hope and optimism in these testing times. I look forward to hearing his Address and I encourage all Australians to tune in too.”
Dr Daniel Nour, whose parents emigrated to Australia from Egypt, said he is honoured to be invited to deliver the 2022 Australia Day Address and to be given this national platform to share his vision with his fellow Australians.
“Yes, I’m a doctor, but Street Side Medics has enabled me to provide genuine help to members of the community who need it most,” he said.
“It is about reaching out to the community and letting them know that they are not alone, and to those who may not know what services exist or that they can get help – and I’ve seen how this support can get people back on track.
“My dream is to grow the clinics so there is a van in every single local district in NSW – and then nationwide.
“I will use my Address to share my vision with the community, and in particular I hope to inspire young Australians to take a risk, pursue their dreams and have their own vision to contribute to improving our society and communities into the future,” Dr Nour said.
The Address will be live streamed on Facebook AustraliaDay26 on Wednesday 19 January from 12.30pm AEDT, with a full transcript available following the event at www.australiaday.com.au
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