Co-Founder of Youngcare and human rights activist
David Conry was awarded the honour of Queensland’s Australian of the Year in 2007 for his work in creating the organisation, Youngcare. Through Youngcare, David awoke the community to the appalling situation of thousands of young people with high care needs residing in aged care facilities. Many more reside in other inappropriate forms of accommodation and tens of thousands are being cared for at home by ageing parents and other family members with limited resources and future options.
Youngcare, in only a few years, has raised millions of dollars to develop two residential complexes—with several more in construction or planning. These complexes provide dignity, appropriate care and a lifestyle for young people with high care needs.
They have also launched a national ‘at home’ care grant program and a national service called ‘Youngcare Connect’, providing thousands of individuals and their families a source of information and guidance for when they are struck by the tragedy of illness or injury.
David has been recognised with several other awards for his service, including the John Studdy Award for services to those with multiple sclerosisand Queensland’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2009.
With David affected personally by the issue of placing his late wife into aged care when she was just 31, he remains a passionate campaigner to ensure the wishes of those with high care needs are heard and addressed by the community, business and all levels of government.