Andrew Gardner

Maryland, New South Wales

Neuropsychologist, concussion expert

While earning a doctorate in clinical neuropsychology and a PhD in medicine and public health, Andrew’s love of sport led him to focus on concussion. Realising that millions of young sportspeople have no access to specialised care if they sustain a concussive injury, Andrew is on a mission to reduce the risk. He co-founded the nation’s first public health sports concussion clinic in Newcastle in 2013. Andrew gives his time every Tuesday to assess players for free and manages them back to daily activities and the field. This grant is funding a machine to test the vestibulo-ocular system, which is particularly vulnerable to concussion. Andrew hopes to create a full-time, multidisciplinary research clinic that will provide a model for national expansion.