Paul Walker

Veteran, mental health speaker and photographer

NTNomineeLocal Hero2022

Australian Army veteran and mental health speaker Paul Walker inspires others with his compassionate approach to explaining the mental wounds of PTSD and depression. Paul also speaks to, and mentors at-risk youth.

A descendent of the Waanyi people covering the border of NT and QLD, and Walker clan from Scotland. A once homeless teen with substance abuse issues who overcame great diversity to work on his health and mindset to successfully join the army, becoming an experienced and well-respected soldier.

During his second overseas deployment in December 2000, on Operation Tanager Paul came under fire by militia in East Timor, saving a fellow soldier shot in the leg. Paul was later honourably discharged on medical grounds.

A former community worker and financial counsellor over the last five years throughout the Big Rivers region, Paul also gives his time freely to help others, such as the evacuation from remote communities during Cyclone Trevor.