Australia Day

26 January 2015

93 days to go

Scott Stidson OAM

Scott Stidston OAM

Disability campaigner and advocate

Scott Stidston has never allowed the motorcycle injury that left him a quadriplegic to limit his contribution to the community and campaigning for those with a disability.

Scott has been a stalwart of the Spinal Injuries Association for many years, determined to improve the quality of life of people with a disability in the Townsville and Burdekin regions. A tireless advocate, he has told his story to thousands of school children, sharing simple but effective injury prevention messages to help them stay safe. His advocacy has increased spinal injury awareness and seen significant improvements in infrastructure and services including the installation of upper torso restraints on all Virgin Australia domestic flights.

Scott has lobbied for many years for an acute spinal injury unit at Townsville Hospital, was a founding member of the Burdekin Disability Advisory group, and has worked with councils and local businesses to improve access and transport for people with disability.

As well as achieving practical benefits, Scott is an inspiration and example to all Australians of the power of the human spirit to overcome even the most challenging obstacles.