Vale to our founder Neil Sachse

It is with great sadness that we advise of the passing of Neil Sachse, founder of the Neil Sachse Centre for Spinal Cord Injury Research.

Neil was unique; someone whose determination and grit saw him create the Neil Sachse Foundation 25 years ago, transitioning the Foundation to the Neil Sachse Centre at SAHMRI more than three years ago.

Neil himself best summed up his outlook on life:

‘Mine is not a hard-luck story, but a story of someone dealing with his lot in life, for better and for worse. Having a positive attitude was part of my solution. By being happy within myself I knew that other people would follow.’
Neil Sachse, LifeAgain 2016

Neil’s dedication to curing Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) inspires us all, and we are committed to continuing his vision to better diagnose, treat and ultimately cure SCI.Better outcomes for people with spinal cord injury will be one of Neil’s greatest achievements, along with so many initiatives he undertook. In 2009, he received the Premier’s Award for Outstanding Community Achievement in South Australia. In 2014 he was a state finalist for Australian of the Year. In 2018 he was honoured with the Spirit of Australia Award from Sport SA.

We will miss Neil dearly, we are poorer for his loss, but spinal cord injury research is so much richer for what Neil has been able to achieve and we are privileged to continue his legacy.

With sincerest regards,

Sarah Boucaut
Director, Neil Sachse Centre