Coast-born neurosurgeon honoured

By Janna Sherman

Born and bred Hokitika neurosurgeon Sarah Olson, based in Brisbane, has been nominated for a Pride of Australia medal.
The accolade recognises outstanding Australians in their fields.
The Brisbane Courier Mail reported that in nominating Dr Olson, Brisbane health provider Metro Health South commended the 42-year-old’s work in brain tumour research and helping to find a cure by establishing a brain tumour bank.
“I realised that every time a brain tumour goes in the bin, it should be going to people who should be making a difference,’’ Dr Olson told the paper.
“We managed to get all neurosurgeons on board in Queensland, we found a place and we secured ongoing funding.’’
The mother of three had offered to pay the maintenance of the tumour bank from her own money if enough funds could not be raised, the Mail reported.
Dr Olson is a daughter of well-known Hokitika couple Rayleine and Jon Olson. Mr Olson was the former Westland District Council general manager and previously headed the Westland County Council for many years.