Vale Dr Kate Sinclair – a woman with a fierce intellect and big heart

Vale Dr Kate Sinclair – a woman with a fierce intellect and big heart

Dr Kate Sinclair, Paediatrict Neurologist

22/10/2021 11:50:00 PM

Vale Dr Kate Sinclair – a woman with a fierce intellect and big heart

Tributes are flowing for Kate Sinclair, a well-respected doctor and paediatric neurologist, who died suddenly in a farming accident a week ago.

"Kate was a very generous person," Dr Calvert said.'Prepared to say the truth'.He said Kate always stood out, not just for her physician skills but her empathy, she knew intuitively how families worked.Founder of rare brain disease clinic

Dr Sinclair's personal Facebook page is full of heartfelt condolences and memories from people and patients across all walks of life.It was a chance for them to mix with animals, for fresh air, and for their families to get some respite..Be children. Have fun. And for a short time, be with other children like themselves.

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'Very generous person' Empathy is a common word Kate's colleagues and friends use to describe her. Sophie Calvert, director of neurosciences at the Queensland Children's Hospital in Brisbane, said the 59-year-old touched everyone's lives, from her patients and colleagues to those on the switchboard and was "always cheerful on the phone with that particular English greeting". "Kate was a very generous person," Dr Calvert said. "She was warm, couldn't do enough for you. If you needed something she would be there to help. "She will be missed by an awful lot of people." 'Prepared to say the truth' Courageous is another word people use. She . Now-retired paediatrician David Slaughter said she "was courageous and she was prepared to say the truth". "She was talented enough and good enough at her job to overcome [any backlash]," he said. He said Kate always stood out, not just for her physician skills but her empathy, she knew intuitively how families worked. "Kate had superior intelligence," Dr Slaughter said. "We'd probably get the top 1 per cent of the whole population and she stood out amongst that." Founder of rare brain disease clinic At the time of her death, Dr Sinclair was a senior medical officer at the Queensland Children's Hospital but had also worked at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital (RBWH) and the Wesley Hospital in Brisbane. She founded the Ataxia Telangiectasia clinic for people with the rare degenerative brain disease. Dr Sinclair's personal Facebook page is full of heartfelt condolences and memories from people and patients across all walks of life. She genuinely cared. She offered her farm for families of children with disabilities and other chronic conditions. It was a chance for them to mix with animals, for fresh air, and for their families to get some respite. She had bigger dreams to make this a formal arrangement . Groups like children with Tourette Syndrome would come for the weekend, their families camping and sitting around a bonfire at night. They would ride horses, slide down an enormous waterslide and learn to shoot. Be children. Have fun. And for a short time, be with other children like themselves. 'I want to be like Kate' Soumiga (Soumi) Gopalakrishnan met Dr Sinclair through a refugee and asylum seeker support group. Soumi and her family were from Sri Lanka and looking for somewhere to stay while attending St James College in Brisbane. Kate, who never did anything by halves, offered the family her Newmarket house in Brisbane where they lived rent-free for two years. And no-one was prouder than Kate when Soumi was first voted school captain then won dux of the college . Then when university looked like a lost dream because Soumi's family couldn't afford the full upfront university fees she would need to pay because she was not an Australian citizen, . "She was such an inspiration really," Soumi said from Melbourne. "Although I always wanted to do medicine and become a doctor, meeting Kate had a really big impact," she said. "I saw what she was doing. I was really inspired. I was like, I want to be like Kate." Dr Kate Sinclair with Soumi Gopalakrishnan (third from left) at her year 12 graduation from St James College in Brisbane in 2018. ( Supplied: Soumi Gopalakrishnan ) Three years on, Soumi has finished a Bachelor of Health Sciences and been accepted to study the Doctor of Medicine and Surgery at ANU next year.