A CLEVELAND advanced care paramedic has been recognised on the 2021 Australia Day Honours List for her service to the community.
Julie Calvert, who has been working in the greater Brisbane community for more than 32 years, was one of three Queensland Ambulance officers awarded the Ambulance Service Medal.
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The award, which is handed out on Australia Day each year, recognises distinguished and outstanding service by the men and women of the nation's ambulance organisations.
Advanced care paramedics Gary Cotterill and Gene Curtis, both of whom work in northern Queensland, also received the award.
Ms Calvert, who is based at Cleveland, started her operational career with Queensland Ambulance in 1989 as an Ambulance Officer.
She said the award forced her to stop and reflect on why she did her job and what it meant to her.
"To be recognised and appreciated and actually receiving an award for doing something that I really enjoy, it feels really good," Ms Calvert said.
She said being a successful paramedic was about listening to people and her peers, who she credited for her success.
"Really what makes me happy and inspires me every day is the thank you from the patient because I've done my best," Ms Calvert said.
"Just to be recognised as someone who goes to work, day-to-day on the road, it's just a real honour."
Queensland Ambulance commissioner Russell Bowles said the service was extremely proud of its three award winners.
"With 116 years of service between Gary, Gene and Julie, it is no wonder the QAS is held in such high regard," he said.
"All three officers are very well respected by their peers and their communities and have shown outstanding commitment, dedication and a genuine desire to make a positive difference to people's lives.
"It's a credit to them to be recognised for their efforts and we are fortunate to have them representing our organisation."
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