Taking medical treatment to the streets

Young Australian of the Year Daniel Nour established a mobile medical service for homeless people.
Young Australian of the Year Daniel Nour established a mobile medical service for homeless people.

A young Sydney doctor who founded a mobile medical service to help the homeless is the 2022 Young Australian of the Year.

Daniel Nour, 26, from Sydney's Royal North Shore Hospital established Street Side Medics in August 2020 and received his award at a ceremony on Canberra on Tuesday.

"As we all sit here tonight, there are over 116,000 Australians who are experiencing homelessness," he told the gathering.

"Many die of conditions which could be treated and avoid interventions which could have improved quality of life."

Street Side Medics has helped 300 patients, with four clinics across NSW supported by 250 volunteers.

"Let me tell you that genuinely, my fear was failure. And it almost stopped me from establishing Street Side Medics," Dr Nour said.

"Despite my fear, I simply couldn't live with myself, knowing that they were Australians suffering from medical conditions that could be treated."

Finalists for Young Australian of the Year included ACT advocate and CanTeen youth leader Sean Dondas as well as Tahnee Bridson, the Queensland founder of Hand-n-Hand Peer Support for healthcare workers.

Northern Territory businesswoman, podcaster and youth advocate Sizolwenkosi Fuyana was also among the nominees alongside Melbourne man Ahmed Hassan, who co-founded Youth Activating Youth.

Adelaide special needs dentistry consultant Trudy Lin, Tasmanian youth leader and singer-songwriter Kaytlyn Johnson, and Western Australian founder of the mental health Blue Tree Project charity, Kendall Whyte, were also nominated.

Australian Associated Press