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Lasallian Alumni: Associate Professor Brian Owler

Posted on 10 November 2015
Lasallian Alumni: Associate Professor Brian Owler

One of the country's leading neurosurgeons and current National President of the Australian Medical Association, Associate Professor Brian Owler attributes a lot of his success to the education he received at Lasallian schools.

Associate Professor Owler was a student at De La Salle College Revesby from 1982-1987 and at La Salle College Bankstown from 1987-1989 when it was known as Benilde College.

Dr Owler has been at the forefront of medical research and public health advocacy for many years, playing a pivotal role in road safety awareness campaigns in New South Wales.

He is a consultant neurosurgeon at four Sydney hospitals and is conducting a randomised controlled trial of deep brain stimulation surgery to help treat cerebral palsy.

Dr Owler says he has very fond memories from his days as a student at Lasallian schools where he developed a great interest in maths and science, combined with a strong commitment to social justice.

"They were formative years for me and the teachers had an enormous influence on me", he explains.

"There was a real academic focus, combined with an emphasis on discipline, ethics, morality and social justice".

Dr Owler says he remembers well the stern but fair leadership shown by Brother Michael Johnson OAM as Principal of De La Salle College Revesby.

Through his work as AMA National President, Dr Owler has campaigned strongly against any move to introduce fees for GP visits and to raise greater public awareness around domestic violence and alcohol abuse.

He says his Lasallian education left him with a strong commitment to fairness where everyone was made to feel welcome from diverse cultural backgrounds.

"There was a great multicultural mix at De La Salle Revesby", Dr Owler explains.

"I remember Year 6 students from refugee backgrounds who couldn't speak a word of English, but they were welcomed in by all the teachers and I made a lot of friends from all cultural backgrounds".

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