John Christiansen and Julie McNeill
John Christiansen and Julie McNeill Rob Williams

Hospital applauds staff for lifetime of service

JOHN Christiansen has spent his life serving the public, first for 24 years in the Australian Army and now almost 14 years in the health sector.

He was one of several people to be honoured with an Australia Day award in a ceremony at Ipswich Hospital on Friday.

Mr Christiansen is project manager for infrastructure and assets across the West Moreton Hospital and Health Service.

He said one of his proudest efforts in the 14 years with Queensland Health was the work he has put into honouring Anzac Day. He has personally coordinated the hospital's Anzac Day services for the past decade and said it had grown from a crowd of only 50-60 people to a crowd of several hundred people each year.

Other award winners included specialist outpatient service manager Julie McNeill for an initiative to reduce the large number of patients waiting longer than clinically recommended.

Both Ms McNeill and Mr Christiansen won awards under a category honouring longstanding, quality service.

The special care nursery team, led by nurse unit manager Lyn Barrett, were also honoured under the Outstanding Performance category alongside professional development coordinator Sarah O'Regan.