Dr John Knight AM - In Memoriam

Doctor and altruist supporting elderly Australians in need

2017 NSW Senior Australian of the Year

Australia's first celebrity doctor, Dr John Knight AM spent decades amassing a residential property portfolio. John, also known as Dr James Wright, answered the nation’s medical queries in print, radio and as a regular guest on Midday with Ray Martin for 30 years. In 1973, John and his late wife Noreen established Medi-Aid Centre Foundation, a charity that provides accommodation for the elderly, particularly those who are frail, have no family support and no home. John battled through heartbreak, personal and financial loss and cancer, but kept buying property for Medi-Aid and had almost 1,000 investments – including hundreds of Surfers Paradise waterfront apartments – that are rented out for a meagre sum. While John could afford to live in luxury, he chose to live in the same un-renovated home where he raised his four children and lived for 60 years.