Get to know the Queensland Australian of the Year 2017 finalists.
- Australian of the Year: Emeritus Professor Alan Mackay-Sim
A biomolecular scientist whose work has been hailed as more impressive than the moon landing, Professor Mackay-Sim has spent his career looking at the regenerative properties of stem cells and how they can be used to repair damaged spinal cords. His clinical trials in 2002 played a key role in the world's first successful restoration of mobility in a quadriplegic man in 2014.
- Senior Australian of the Year: Professor Perry F Bartlett
A neuroscientist and founder of the Queensland Brain Institute, in 1992 Professor Bartlett discovered the brain could produce new nerves. Once considered a static organ, this fundamentally changed the way people thought of the brain. He founded the Queensland Brain Institute in 2003, and it has since become one of the world's leading neuroscience institutes.
- Young Australian of the Year: Taj Pabari
Still in high school, Taj is the mastermind behind Fiftysix Creations. Combining hardware, software and education, the coding program is being used in schools across the world. The 17-year-old hopes to reach one million kids by 2020.
- Local Hero: Yasmin Khan
Ms Khan helps to showcase the incredible contributions Muslims have made to Australia. With her own Australian heritage stretching back 130 years, Ms Khan founded Eidfest, the largest Muslim gathering in Queensland to mark the end of Ramadan. Ms Khan is also a vocal commentator on domestic violence issues and has established a support centre for Muslim and sub-continent women.