The manager of a South Australian community visitor scheme, which carries out inspections to mental health units, hospital emergency departments and disability accommodation, Maurice Corcoran AM, has won the top award in this year’s National Disability Awards.
Corcoran took out the Lesley Hall Leadership Award and is one of 10 winners across eight categories named in this year’s awards, from a field of more than 120 nominations.
The Lesley Hall Leadership Award recognises excellence in development of reform opportunities across all areas of Australian life that improve the lives of Australians with disability.
The judges said Corcoran had been an advocate for people with disability for more than 30 years, and in 2006 he was made a member of the Order of Australia for his sustained service to people with disability and contribution to the development of national standards for accessible public transport.
“He played a key role in the development of the National Disability Strategy, and has worked tirelessly to break down barriers, increase recognition and challenge issues facing people with disability,” they said.
Source: Pro Bono Australia