Vale John Walsh

It is with great sadness that the Kolling Institute acknowledges the passing of Professor John Walsh AO.

Professor Walsh had a longstanding relationship with many researchers across the Kolling and the local health district and was immensely respected by his colleagues.

Having a background as an actuary, Professor Walsh applied his expertise to many projects over his life, specifically policy development and research related to disability and rehabilitation.

In 2014, the John Walsh Centre for Rehabilitation Research was named in his honour. It has since played an integral role within the Kolling Institute, and influenced national and international models of care.

Over the past decade, Professor Walsh provided advice to researchers at the centre both on an informal basis and as a researcher for specific projects.

For around ten years, John also held an appointment as an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Medicine and Health at the University of Sydney.

Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine and Senior Staff Specialist Ian Cameron said John’s continuous guidance and generosity was a highlight of his working relationship with him. 

“John was always generous with his time. His knowledge of rehabilitation and disability issues was vast,” he said.

“John provided guidance on clinical, policy, public health and actuarial issues related to disability and rehabilitation.”

Our deepest condolences and best wishes are with his loved ones during this time.